Contingency during strike

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4612
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What conversations have you had about the effectiveness of the contingency crews during the recent 4 day strike?

Answer

Answer for Contingency during strike

Answer for Contingency during strike

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The London Fire Commissioner has informed me that, during the most recent  FBU strike action, the Emergency Fire Contingency Crews (EFCC) performed effectively and remained resilient throughout. The strike lasted 96 hours, from 6pm Friday 31 October 2014 to 6pm Tuesday 4 November 2014, and was the 47th in this dispute.  I understand from our conversations that over the past 14 months the EFCCs have gained significant operational experience which has further improved their ability to deal with incidents, including more serious ones. In this recent strike period that included cutting a person out of a vehicle in a road traffic collision involving lorries, and a number of serious fires, one of which involved a rescue from a house fire.