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London Fire Brigade is responsible for serving the London boroughs.

Contact this service for:

  • home and business safety checks
  • advice for builders and building owners
  • help installing smoke alarms
  • school visits
  • community events
  • jobs, apprenticeships and volunteering
  • youth and cadet schemes
  • complaints

Contact details

Telephone
Address
London Fire Brigade Head Office,
169 Union Street,
London,
SE1 0LL

Data for this service

Updated quarterly

98,427

Incidents attended

-6% less compared with previous year

Incidents breakdown

Updated quarterly

Fires false alarms 49%

Fires 18%

Non-fire incidents e.g. road traffic collisions 33%

48,415

False Alarms

17,407

Fires

32,605

Non fire incidents

Workforce and assets

Updated annually

4,732

firefighters

103

Fire stations

289

Fire appliances (pumps, aerial, other)

8% of firefighters are women

13.5% of firefighters are ethnic minority

Funding

Updated annually at different times

£2264.2

As a county fire and rescue service, fire funding is not ring-fenced. It is up to the local council to determine how much money should be allocated to fire alongside the range of other services the council needs to deliver.

million in funding (core spending power) for 2020/21

n/a

million in expenditure for the year 19/20

78.4%

Increase from 2019/2020 to 2020/21

n/a

Money that has been set aside for specific projects or to cover unexpected costs

million in reserves

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HMICFRS Inspection Results

London Fire Brigade in their HMICFRS inspection report received the following gradings in the three inspection categories – 

Effectiveness - Requires improvement

Efficiency - Requires improvement

People - Requires improvement.

The report was published on 17 December 2019 and can be found at - https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/publications/frs-assessment-2018-19-london/.


Incidents, work force and other data

Current and historical data for this service are published on GOV.UK. This includes: 

  • the type of incidents attended
  • causes of fires
  • deaths and injuries from fire
  • workforce numbers and diversity
  • firefighter pensions
  • fire prevention and protection activity

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Fire and rescue services are required to publish the following financial information: 

 These requirements come from the local government transparency code 2015.


Who manages London Fire Brigade

Commissioner: Andy Roe 

Fire and rescue authority Chair: Sadiq Khan – in his role as Mayor for London  

The London service is managed by the London Fire Commissioner who reports to the Mayor of London. The Mayor sets the budget and strategic direction for the service. The Greater London Authority hold the Commissioner and Mayor to account.

Integrated Risk Management Plans (IRMP)

It is a requirement under the Fire and Rescue National Framework that each Fire and Rescue Authority must produce an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP).  The IRMP should be easily accessible and publicly available.  Each plan must reflect all foreseeable fire and rescue related risks that could affect their communities, whether they are local, cross-border, multi-authority and/or national in nature; set out its management strategy; reflect effective consultation throughout its development with the community, its workforce & partners, and cover at least a three-year timespan.  Most Fire and Rescue Authority will review and update their IRMP on an annual basis.

View the long term plan for fire and rescue services in London (IRMP).


Complaints

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