LFB training to support a multi-agency response to a terrorist attack

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 24th May 2022.

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Photo of Hina Bokhari Hina Bokhari Liberal Democrat

Can you confirm the timescales for all firefighters in London to complete higher, level 2, training to enable them to deliver a search and rescue response whilst supporting a multi-agency response to a terrorist attack involving firearms or more sophisticated weaponry?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

In April 2022, London Fire Brigade signed a Joint Collective Agreement with the Fire Brigades Union in relation to marauding terrorist attacks (MTA) to ensure that in the event of such an event, firefighters can respond and provide immediate assistance as soon as they arrive at the scene. The Deputy Mayor for Fire and Resilience had previously given approval for the expenditure associated with the agreement and more information can be found here: https://www.london.gov.uk/decisions/dmfd134-marauding-terrorist-attack-collective-agreement. The MTA project is a high priority for the Brigade which will deliver a specialist (Level 2) mass casualty rescue capability on every frontline pumping appliance covering firefighting, rescue and casualty management in London. The training started in April 2022 and is expected to be completed within 24 months with a project end date of March 2024. The project sponsor, manager and board are monitoring the projected timescales to ensure successful delivery.