Command unit replacement

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-06-20
Session date: 
June 20, 2019
Reference: 
2019/12180
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The slot price for the new command units has gone up, according to LFB’s Medium Term Financial Plan. What is the reason for this?

Answer

Command unit replacement

Command unit replacement

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London Fire Brigade (LFB) is currently preparing a revised and improved specification as part of a project to procure replacement command units. This work has resulted in an increase to the estimated slot price in the Medium Term Financial Plan and the cost is still subject to further change as work continues on the specification. Key changes that have led to the forecast increase in the estimated cost include a move to address environmental impacts through new technology that is estimated to represent a higher cost than diesel options and moving from a lorry chassis to a bus chassis, which will provide a better platform for operational capabilities, but which comes with comparably higher maintenance and repair costs. The full Information Technology and Incident Command Operating System has yet to be fully defined but is expected to be provided through a managed support service with the cost included in the vehicle slot price.