The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is urging Londoners to have their say on how the capital’s fire and rescue service deals with threats of terrorism and with flooding over the next four years.
The draft London Safety Plan (LSP), published for public consultation today, includes proposals to expand the London Fire Brigade’s capacity to respond to a terrorist incident.
Last year’s Paris attacks brought the emergency services’ capability to respond to a marauding terrorist firearms attack (MTFA) into sharp focus. Delivering two manifesto commitments, the Mayor commissioned an independent review into London’s terror preparedness, led by Lord Toby Harris, and a review of London Fire Brigade’s resources led by Anthony Mayer.
It also proposes an extensive evaluation of the role of Fire Rescue Units (FRUs) and the potential to give them attendance time targets, after Anthony Mayer’s review highlighted the importance of these specialist vehicles in responding to major incidents.
All FRUs provide a core set of specialist equipment including difficult access, heavy cutting and extended duration breathing apparatus. The heavy cutting capability is particularly important in road traffic collisions, at which the Brigade’s attendance has increased by 15 per cent over the last five years.
Londoners are also invited to give their views on whether capability to respond to flooding should be expanded.
The consultation starts today on the Talk London website and will run for eight weeks. There will be seven drop-in events across London and four online meetings for Londoners to learn more about the Brigade and ask questions.