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Command and control

Theme 7

Command and control

Last updated: 08 July 2021

Recommendation

33.18a

That the London Fire Brigade develop policies and training to ensure better control of deployments and the use of resources.

Responsible for completion:

  • London Fire Brigade

Progress

Status

Complete

London Fire Brigade has reported that this recommendation has been completed.

The implementation of the Brigade’s revised High-Rise Firefighting policy (PN 633) in June 2021 addresses this recommendation by including information on crew deployments, including on tasks relating to Fire Survival Guidance calls. 

The initial training in the new procedures was completed in March 2021. The policy was implemented shortly after the Brigade had considered the findings of a health and safety advisory panel, which was convened as part of the consultation process to confirm the procedures contained within the policy to enable both the protection of residents and the safety of firefighters.

Recommendation

33.18b

That the London Fire Brigade develop policies and training to ensure that better information is obtained from crews returning from deployments and that the information is recorded in a form that enables it to be made available immediately to the incident commander (and thereafter to the command units and the control room).

Progress date:

Autumn 2021

Responsible for completion:

  • London Fire Brigade

Progress

Status

In progress

London Fire Brigade has reported that this recommendation is in progress.

London Fire Brigade has developed a new structured briefing model which is incorporated within its new incident command policies. Training on the new briefing model was incorporated into the recent training for the high-rise firefighting, fire survival guidance and evacuation policies.

Consultation on the final version of the model is taking place, but has been delayed due to the volume of ongoing Brigade work that requires staff side consultation; it is scheduled for completion by September 2021 but is currently considered at risk of further delay.

Recommendation

33.19

That the London Fire Brigade develop a communication system to enable direct communication between the control room and the incident commander and improve the means of communication between the incident commander and the bridgehead.

Responsible for completion:

  • London Fire Brigade

Progress

Status

Complete

London Fire Brigade has reported that this recommendation has been completed via its revised Fire Survival Guidance policy.

London Fire Brigade has also issued guidance to firefighters on effective communication at incidents and implemented changes to the radio channels used by the Brigade during incidents. This is to allow for additional dedicated incident command channels. Drones have also been introduced and are now equipped to enable information to be live streamed to Brigade Control; drone pilots are also being trained to deliver smoke hoods and flotation devices at incidents.

Recommendation

33.20

That the London Fire Brigade investigate the use of modern communication techniques to provide a direct line of communication between the control room and the bridgehead, allowing information to be transmitted directly between the control room and the bridgehead and providing an integrated system of recording fire survival guidance information and the results of deployments. 

Progress date:

December 2021

Responsible for completion:

  • London Fire Brigade

Progress

Status

In progress

London Fire Brigade has reported that this recommendation is in progress through the development of its sector leading Fire Survival Guidance (FSG) application.

The introduction of the application has been delayed due to technical issues relating to the interface between the completed FSG application and the LFB mobilising system, which require additional testing. As such, the original completion date for implementation is at risk but it is expected to be complete by the end of December 2021.