Preparing for another heatwave

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6265
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The exceptionally hot weather in summer 2018 led a higher risk of fire and London Fire Brigade asked boroughs to institute a barbecue ban in parks. What preparations is the Brigade making for a repeat of the hot and dry weather?

Answers

Answer for Preparing for another heatwave
Preparing for another heatwave

Preparing for another heatwave

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London Fire Brigade’s borough commanders work with local authority partners to develop effective contingency planning for areas of open grassland and parks, and, where appropriate, engage in local exercises to test those plans. They also ensure that appropriate entry is made on the operational risk database, reflecting those plans so that attending crews have the information required to resolve what can often be large and protracted incidents.

Wildfire firefighting (rural firefighting) has been included as a core competency in the revised Development and Maintenance of Operational Professionalism (DaMOP) framework which is due to the launch on 1st July. Crews attending such fires would also be briefed on simple precautions to ensure their welfare - this includes advice on avoiding heat stress and exhaustion as set out in LFB’s hydration policy. In the event of another hot summer, LFB would again issue public safety messages about the precautions people should take to avoid starting a fire.

Last summer, the GLA established a communication’s protocol to cascade heat risk messaging from the Met Office and Public Health England to keep Londoners informed during extreme temperature.

The same protocol will be triggered from 1st June to 15th September, this summer, for levels 2 (alert and readiness) and 3 (heatwave action).