Fireboat Service

MQT on 2000-12-20
Session date: 
December 20, 2000
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In view of your expressed desire for economy and efficiency in the GLA family, will you support the transfer of the fireboat service to Thames Division of the MPA, so that considerable savings and synergies could be achieved?


Supplementary Questions: 


Answer for Fireboat Service

Answer for Fireboat Service

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The transfer of the fireboat service is a matter for Val Shawcross in her role as Chair of the Fire Authority. Officers of the Fire Authority have expressed the view that such a transfer is not desirable, as land and water fire cover is a fully integrated service. However, there may be a case for efficiency savings, and I am always keen to explore ways in which the functional bodies can work together to provide services more effectively. The Metropolitan Police Authority has indicated to me that it would be happy to look at this proposal in more detail, and I will ask Valerie Shawcross to consider that in her role.