Impact of fire cuts

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Using census data for ward populations and the London Fire Brigade data for ward-level response times, I have estimated that the fire cuts will leave 1.7 million households, more than half of London, outside of the target response times for either the first or second engines. Do you find this acceptable?


Answer for Impact of fire cuts

Answer for Impact of fire cuts

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The LFB aims to get to emergency incidents as quickly as possible. There are currently 1.5 million households where the Brigade is not always able to meet the target response times. The proposals in the draft Fifth London Safety Plan (LSP5) would mean that a further 218,700 households would be likely to not get a response within the standards. Under the proposals 95 per cent of all incidents would get a 1st response in 9:45 minutes, which is 20 seconds slower than currently.

I am satisfied that London has some of the best fire service response times in the country. Londoners have never been safer from fire than now and the proposals in the LSP5 will see the LFB continue its work to prevent fires from happening in the first place. I look forward to continuing reductions in incidents, fires and fire deaths.