London Fire Brigade Set to Close 12 Stations

The biggest UK fire department also will cut 520 firefighter positions within three years.

The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority launched a three-month public comment period March 4 on its Draft Fifth London Safety Plan, which outlines significant cuts during the next three years. The plan includes cutting 12 stations, 18 fire engines, and 520 firefighter positions during the period to save £28.8 million, yet the agency current response time targets will not change. "However, some boroughs will see reduced actual attendance times," according to its announcement.

Members of the public can comment by May 28 by visiting http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/lsp5.asp.

"“Compared to ten years ago, the Brigade attends half as many fires, a third fewer house fires, and almost a third fewer incidents overall. But there is always more to be done," said Ron Dobson, commissioner of the London Fire Brigade. "In the future, the resources available to the Brigade will reduce and the number of people who can work for the Brigade and provide our services will also reduce. We have passed the point where we can make the necessary level of savings without any impact on our fire stations. In this draft plan, I set out how I propose to make those savings, while continuing to provide an excellent emergency response service and also protecting the delivery of community safety and fire safety services. I remain committed to my long-term vision for London Fire Brigade to remain a world-class fire and rescue service for London, Londoners, and visitors. This draft plan sets out in more detail how I plan to continue to achieve that over the next three years."

"The Draft Fifth London Safety Plan explains how, over the coming years, London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority will deliver the Mayor's objective of making the capital a safer city. The long-term trend in London is for an ever-decreasing number of fires, fire deaths, and injuries from fire. This must continue,” said James Cleverly, chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority. "The plan outlines a range of proposals that together will ensure London Fire Brigade provides the public with the best fire and rescue service in the country, while also playing its part in helping balance the nation's finances. Under these proposals, more London boroughs will fall within the six-minute average attendance time target for the first fire engine to arrive at an emergency and the Brigade's ability to deal with major incidents will be maintained. The commissioner's plan is based on the best possible information and his decades of experience as a firefighter spent keeping Londoners safe. I am pleased to be able to give it my full support."

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • The Top 5 Safety and Technology Trends to Watch in 2019

    Get the latest on trends you can expect to hear more about in 2019, including continued growth of mobile safety applications, wearable technology, and smart PPE; autonomous vehicles; pending OSHA recordkeeping rulemaking; and increased adoption of international safety standard, ISO 45001.

  • Get the Ultimate Guide to OSHA Recordkeeping

    OSHA’s Form 300A posting deadline is February 1! Are you prepared? To help answer your key recordkeeping questions, IndustrySafe put together this guide with critical compliance information.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common training questions.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Industry Safe

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - January 2019

    January 2019

    Featuring:

    • PREVENTING ERRORS
      Production vs. Safety 
    • EMERGENCY SHOWERS & EYEWASH
      Meeting the Requirements for Emergency Equipment
    • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY
      The State of Contractor Safety
    • FOOT PROTECTION
      The Three Keys to Effective Chemical Management
    View This Issue