Launders Lane - Firefighter Safety

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 21st September 2022.

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Photo of Keith Prince Keith Prince Conservative

What discussions have you had with the LFB about the safety of firefighters when tackling fires at Launders Lane? Will you help find a safe solution to moving a fire hydrant closer to the areas affected by fires?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I am in regular discussions with the London Fire Commissioner and I know that he places the utmost priority on firefighter safety. While there will always be a degree of risk when firefighters attend any fire, I am confident that they have the required training and experience to respond to the incidents at Launders Lane.

I am aware that the local authority has been looking at the possibility of moving a fire hydrant closer to the site to make it easier for firefighters when responding. This may assist firefighters in their operational response, but it doesn’t address the underlying issues with the site which are causing the Brigade to have to attend so often.

I would welcome discussions about where the Greater London Authority may be able to provide support to help reach a long-term solution for the site.