World Heritage Sites

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 15th August 2019.

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Photo of Tony Devenish Tony Devenish Conservative

Will you instruct the LFB to undertake a full review post the Notre-Dame fire to ensure our world heritage sites would never suffer such total devastation?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) fire safety inspection programme includes working with heritage sites across London. The fire safety team includes heritage protection experts who work with museums, art galleries and buildings of historic importance. A heritage co-ordinator works with operators of heritage sites, such as English Heritage and Royal Palaces, to assist and support them. This includes reviewing their emergency plans, salvage plans and out of hours response plans. Emergency response to heritage sites is also actively practiced through exercises which take place at key sites such as the Tower of London, St Paul’s and Guildhall.

Since the Notre-Dame fire, LFB has written to heritage sites across London with detailed guidance on important issues such as identifying items of historical value, prioritising items to be removed first and knowing how to remove them safely. This has been shared with Historic England for online distribution and inclusion in specialist heritage publications and is on the LFB website.