Who watches the waking watches

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


In how many instances since June 2017 has London Fire Brigade reviewed the implementation of a waking watch and other interim fire safety measures in a tall residential building and found them to not meet the requirements set out to the Responsible Person?


Who watches the waking watches

Who watches the waking watches

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Responsible Person (RP) for a premises is required to seek advice from a relevant ‘Competent Person’ to implement interim measures in their building.  MHCLG/NFCC guidance sets out considerations regarding numbers for waking watches and actions they should take in the event of a fire but the final determination is bespoke to each building. This is guidance rather than regulation.

London Fire Brigade has initiated ‘unannounced’ visits by station based crews to check these arrangements. Any issues that have arisen have been minor and resolved at the time or with the support of the local fire safety team. Due to the minor nature of these interactions, no data has been collected in this regard.