Fire appliances and fire stations were off-the-run

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-10-19
Session date: 
October 19, 2016
Reference: 
2016/3906
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

How many fire appliances and fire stations were off-the-run for a whole shift during August due to a lack of officer cover?

Answer

Answer for Fire appliances and fire stations were off-the-run

Answer for Fire appliances and fire stations were off-the-run

Answered By: 
The Mayor

During August there were 77 occasions where an appliance was not available for a full shift.

This equates to 1.7 per cent of the total availability. These appliances were off the run due to lack of crew which would include officer cover. On these occasions available appliances were re-distributed to ensure that every fire station had emergency cover.

I am informed that LFB is undertaking a number of actions to address this, including a current promotion round, to promote staff into the watch manager role and a recent firefighter recruitment campaign to address vacancies at firefighter level.