Airwave incidental coverage

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-06-20
Session date: 
June 20, 2019
Reference: 
2019/12183
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In written evidence to the Public Accounts Committee, the National Fire Chiefs Council stated that the incidental coverage of the Emergency Services Network is unlikely to be as good as Airwave’s. What assessment has LFB made of the potential impact of this in London when ESN is eventually implemented?

Answer

Airwave incidental coverage

Airwave incidental coverage

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Incidental coverage generally refers to non-contractual coverage in buildings. As the fire and rescue service use Airwave/ESN principally in the open, London Fire Brigade (LFB) does not envisage there being a problem. In buildings, LFB uses an ‘off network’ radio system that does not rely on such coverage. The current plan is for coverage testing to begin taking place in late 2019, when LFB will ensure that coverage is in place in all areas to meet their operational requirements.