Flood Resources

MQT on 2014-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2014
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Please supply a breakdown of all,' in-service' flood rescue equipment 'available' to London and reassure Londoners that the Fire and Rescue Services have the financial and equipment capacity to deal with serious flood events?


Answer for Flood Resources

Answer for Flood Resources

Answered By: 
The Mayor

LFEPA tells me that that the London Fire Brigade has the following flood response and rescue equipment:

       All front line fire appliances are crewed by staff trained in water awareness. Each fire appliance carries a personal floatation device for each crew member, has an integral major and throwing lines.

       40 Lightweight Portable Pumps.

       Six Operational Support Units.

       Nine Fire Rescue Units (FRU) - each FRU is equipped with dry suits for the crew, inflatable boats with outboard engines, inflatable rescue paths and a range of ancillary equipment.

       Six National Resilience High Volume Pumps (HVP).

       In reserve, for larger incidents, the Brigade maintains: 

o       20 x Plastic Flood Response Boats

o       8 x 30 Brake Horsepower outboard engines

o       80 x  immersion suits, gloves, helmets and boots

o       4 x flexible pontoon systems.

As a result, the London Fire Brigade has adequate equipment and trained staff to respond effectively to serious flooding incidents within London.