Co-responding Pilot in London

MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Question By: 
Gareth Bacon
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Have you had a chance to read the recent report 'Time Critical', and do you support its core recommendation that there should be a co-responding pilot in London that would see medically trained firefighters attending specific types of emergencies, such as cardiac arrests, alongside paramedics to improve response times?


Answer for Co-responding Pilot in London

Answer for Co-responding Pilot in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  There you go.  I have just given my answer.

Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Chair):  It just flows.

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  Beautiful chairing.  Thank you.  Actually, it was Tony’s [Tony Arbour AM] report.  Was it Tony’s report?

Gareth Bacon AM:  It was.

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  I thank Tony for his excellent report, and I support the core ideas of co-responding.

Gareth Bacon AM:  Excellent.  Thank you, Mr Mayor.  Do you share my frustration about what appears to be a squabble between two trade unions, the Fire Brigades Union and the GMB, over who should sit on a committee that nobody in London will understand, the Joint Consultative Committee, over who controls staff?  There is one sticking point that is preventing a pilot from going on with co-responding.

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  You mentioned this to me the other day, Gareth, and I am sure that with your powers of diplomacy and persuasion you will get everybody to see sense and let us get it done.

Gareth Bacon AM:  Yes.  I am famous for that, Mr Mayor.  I was very struck by the passion of Assembly Member Sahota in advocating the need to help the LAS just a few moments ago.  Would you support me in encouraging him and the rest of his Labour Party colleagues, who have very good links into the Fire Brigades Union, to impress upon them the importance of getting the wheels moving, removing the silly demand that they have put on the table and letting us get this pilot going?

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  Absolutely, and I am sure Onkar would row in behind that 100%.  He is nodding beatifically.

Gareth Bacon AM:  I will take it up with him afterwards.  Thank you very much, Mr Mayor.