New LFB equipment

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-06-20
Session date: 
June 20, 2019
Reference: 
2019/12199
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What items of newly available, under development, or experimental equipment is the LFB currently evaluating or expects to evaluate in the current financial year?

Answer

New LFB equipment

New LFB equipment

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London Fire Brigade (LFB) is currently evaluating the use of drones to support improved situational awareness. Positive Pressure Ventilation (PPV) and Ultra High-Pressure Lance (UHPL) based technologies are under evaluation and misting branch technology and a Scorpion fire engine are also scheduled for evaluation this year, all of which involve innovative ways of managing fires without having to enter the fire compartment, which improves firefighter safety. ‘PVStop’, the liquid polymer in a fire extinguisher used to isolate the energy from solar panels in an emergency, is currently being evaluated on LFB’s aerial fleet. For breathing apparatus (BA), LFB is evaluating powered clear speech diaphragms to improve communications both between crew members and the public. LFB is also evaluating new cylinder types and durations, which could reduce the weight and improve the duration of BA use.