Filling fire safety posts (2)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 8th January 2021.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour

How many fire safety posts, and in which ranks, are currently vacant; and what steps are being taken to fill them?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The number of posts that are currently vacant, together with the establishment, is set out in the table below.

Rank/Grade

Establishment

Vacant

Station Commander

18

3

Station Officer

42

6

Sub Officer

62

25.35

FRS F

14.4

2.4

FRS E

29.6

2

FRS D

126.3

37.1

FRS C/D

11.7

2.8

FRS C/D

81.7

6.06

FRS B

63.38

25.38

Total

110.09

A number of approaches have been taken to fill vacancies, including hosting awareness days; re-engaging retired staff on flexible working contracts; and advertising for transferees from other fire and rescue services. The most successful approach has been the introduction of Fire Safety Advisers (FSAs), aligned to the national framework. London Fire Brigade recruited 12 FSAs in November 2018, and five of those have recently been promoted to Fire Inspecting Officer.

A recruitment plan has been developed, supported by the Centre of Learning & Excellence, to recruit more FSAs and to bring in operational staff into inspecting roles. During 2021, cadres of FSAs and inspecting officers are planned for every quarter to meet and exceed the vacancy margin.