London Fire Brigade (LFB) is closing the current specialism gaps identified in its property review, to reduce reliance on external suppliers and rationalise the supply chain. This will include LFB recruiting to roles that were previously not in the department including surveyors, facility managers and technical experts. These changes fall within the current LFB property budget using funds from currently outsourced services to support new roles.
These changes will release approximately £1.7m, which will be reinvested into LFB property to provide a modern computer aided facilities management system to improve the interface with fire stations and a new compliance and audit contract that will provide external inspection of the estate and supply chain. The model is cost-neutral to LFB in the first year. In future it is expected that there will be further savings achieved from the property budget which have been submitted to LFB’s finance team as part of the recent savings review.