Firefighter equipment weight

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-02-25
Session date: 
February 25, 2019
Reference: 
2019/3931
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Is London Fire Brigade concerned about that the recommended equipment firefighters are required to transport in kit bags is above the safe lifting weight for an individual?

Answer

Firefighter equipment weight

Firefighter equipment weight

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The firefighter kit bag has been assessed in accordance with the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 and is suitable for the activity of transporting firefighters’ equipment between fire stations and to Brigade training venues. The kit bag is a wheeled bag, designed to be pulled via an extendable handle, and full lifting of the bag is not frequently required. Staff are provided with guidance to ensure they only carry the essential clothing and equipment in order to minimise the lifting weight of the bag.