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Fire and Rescue Unit crew mobility

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 19th December 2019.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour

Concerns have been raised with me regarding a lack of station mobility for FRU-qualified firefighters. Will you consider how to ensure these essential staff do not become “trapped” by their qualifications?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

London Fire Brigade’s Establishment and Performance Team continuously review skills and establishment levels across the Fire Rescue Unit (FRU) fleet ensuring that where possible transfers can take place, this is dependent upon the availability of personnel to train.

A review of the FRU function has been completed by Operational Policy and Assurance and the report will recommend that further work is undertaken to explore the benefits of ‘dedicated rescue’. This would result in a reduced qualification requirement, increased training capacity, cost savings and improved levels of competence. It would also identify a transparent process for entry to and exit from the dedicated FRU role at all ranks. This report will be submitted to the relevant Directorate Boards in due course.