London Fire Brigade (LFB) Control to incident commander communication

Meeting: 
MQT on 2020-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2020
Reference: 
2020/1355
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What progress has been made on providing a direct communication link between Control and the Incident Commander?

Answer

London Fire Brigade (LFB) Control to incident commander communication

London Fire Brigade (LFB) Control to incident commander communication

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There continues to be a direct communications link between London Fire Brigade Control and the Incident Commander (IC) via Airwave digital radios. On fire engines these radios are vehicle-mounted, whereas officers have handheld digital radios for this purpose. The revised Fire Survival Guidance (FSG) policy directs Control and the IC to a designated Airwave radio channel to facilitate the uninterrupted passing of FSG information between them.  An FSG technology solution project is underway to develop an electronic system allowing the simultaneous recording and updating of FSG call information and actions being taken to resolve those calls. Control and ICs will be able to update this system in real time ensuring that there is a single electronic reference source for all FSG information. This solution is currently in development, with rollout anticipated by December 2020.