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Section 7(2)(d) of the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004

Theme 2

Section 7(2)(d) of the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004

Last updated: 29 July 2021

Recommendation

33.11a

That the London Fire Brigade review, and revise as appropriate, Appendix 1 to Policy Number (PN) 633 to ensure that it fully reflects the principles in Generic Risk Assessment (GRA) 3.2.

Responsible for completion:

  • London Fire Brigade

Progress

Status

Complete

London Fire Brigade (LFB) has reported that this recommendation has been completed.

The guidance previously contained in Policy Number 633 (High Rise Firefighting) has been reviewed and is now incorporated into the Brigade’s Policy Number 800 (Management of Operational Risk Information) and all operational staff have undertaken mandatory training on the revised policy. This improved guidance has assisted operational staff to understand the risks within their station areas and is supporting the Building Risk Review implemented by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. This was clearly demonstrated at the recent residential high-rise fire at New Providence Wharf where operational risk information supported an effective response to, and the resolution of this major incident.

The Government have worked with the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) to produce updated guidance that has superseded GRA 3.2 which is no longer extant. This has been replaced with National Operational Guidance. A rigorous assurance process has confirmed all relevant areas captured in Generic Risk Assessment 3.2 have been appropriately replaced. As well as having been updated based on changes in legislation, technology and from information provided by fire and rescue services on the incidents they attend, National Operational Guidance offers a more comprehensive product, covering greater detail and provides tools for services to self-assess their adoption of guidance. It is maintained by the NFCC based on National Operational Learning, a system that reviews incidents and makes recommendations based on their findings. This has included comprehensive assessment of the Grenfell Tower Incident in conjunction with LFB. 

LFB and the NFCC have collaborated to ensure new policies address National Operational Guidance, using a bowtie risk visualisation tool to assure work completed so far and to consider further improvements to both LFB and NFCC guidance. The Bowtie method creates diagrams that visualise the risks into a single clear picture to allow effective analysis, and identify the effectiveness, of controls.

 

Recommendation

33.11b

That the London Fire Brigade ensure that all officers of the rank of Crew Manager and above are trained in carrying out the requirements of Policy Number (PN) 633 relating to the inspection of high-rise buildings.

Responsible for completion:

  • London Fire Brigade

Progress

Status

Complete

London Fire Brigade (LFB) has reported that this recommendation has been completed.

They report that all their operational staff have undertaken mandatory training on the revised Policy Number 800 (Management of Operational Risk Information) and are applying this learning to enable a greater understanding of the significant risks within London’s built environment, whilst also supporting the ongoing Building Risk Review implemented by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).