Marked Vehicle Fleet List

Christopher Myers made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to London Fire Commissioner (London Fire Brigade)

This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

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Christopher Myers

Dear London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (London Fire Brigade),
Please could you provide me with the following information for ALL MARKED vehicles in use with LFB;
- Vehicle Type (Make & Model)
- Registration Number
- Fleet Number / Call Sign
- Role of Vehicle
- Station its based at

Yours faithfully,

Christopher Myers

London Fire Commissioner (London Fire Brigade)

Mr Myers,

Thank you for your request for Information. It will be considered under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. A response will be provided promptly and in any case within 20 working days.

Regards

Richard Foreman
Information Access Officer
London Fire Brigade
169 Union Street, London SE1 0LL
T: 020 8555 1200 ext 30401
E: [email address]
 
Visit our website at www.london-fire.gov.uk

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London Fire Commissioner (London Fire Brigade)

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr Myers

 

I am writing in response to your request for information which we received
on 20 January 2012. You have asked for:

 

“Please could you provide me with the following information for ALL MARKED
vehicles in use with LFB; Vehicle Type (Make & Model) - Registration
Number - Fleet Number / Call Sign - Role of Vehicle - Station its based
at”

 

Your request was considered under the provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and I can confirm that we do hold information
that meets the parameters of your request. While I have provided most of
the requested information about [MARKED] appliances/vehicles the we keep
ready to attend fires and other emergencies, I have not been able to
provide you with fleet numbers, registration numbers, call signs and
locations of some of our specialist/resilience (New Dimension) vehicles
(highlighted in yellow on the attached).

 

I will now go on to explain why I have not been able to provide all the
requested information to you.

 

Section 24(1) FOIA – National Security^1

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the national security exemption
(S.24(1)) states that:

 

(1) Information … is exempt information if (it) is required for the
purpose of safeguarding national security.

 

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) works to provide an emergency service across
the capital to help make London a safer city .  One of the ways in which
we do this is by keeping specialist vehicles ready to respond to major
catastrophic incidents, including terrorist attacks.  The location and
movement of some these specialist vehicles is determined by ongoing
situations as they develop across London.  The LFB sometimes uses the
fleet numbers when communicating via emergency services radio
communication network. At times the fleet numbers are associated with the
locations of the New Dimensions vehicles. This type of information could
be of particular interest to individuals wishing to cause harm and
disruption to the lives of Londoners and the capital as a whole, including
at locations of national importance.  Therefore release of this
information would, or would be likely to, prejudice national security
which is exempt under section 24(1) FOIA.

 

The national security exemption also applies where releasing details of
the location of specialist vehicles into the public domain could be
misused by those with malicious intent with a view to hampering the
effectiveness of the London Fire Brigade’s ability to carry out its
responsibilities effectively in the event of a major incident, placing a
real threat to national security.

 

Section 38 – Health and Safety^2

 

The FOIA also contains a health and safety exemption (s.38) which states
that information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act
would, or would be likely to;

 

(a) endanger the physical or mental health of any individual, or,

(b) endanger the safety of any individual.

 

The specialist vehicles described above are operated by dedicated members
of staff.  Disclosure of their locations may increase the risks faced by
these staff members as potential targets of terrorist activity.   This
would endanger the physical and mental health of our specialist teams and,
accordingly, the health and safety exemption (s.38) applies to this
information.

 

National Security and Health and Safety – Public Interest Test

 

In applying sections 24 (national security) and 38 (health and safety)
exemptions we must further consider the “ public interest” test; this is
to consider whether the public interest in withholding the information
outweighs the public interest in disclosing it.

 

I have set out my public interest considerations as follows:

 

By disclosing specialist vehicle locations we would be mapping out our
resources and capability.  This information could be used in conjunction
with other data held by a terrorist (or other person wishing to inflict
harm) ultimately to put London at a greater risk and potentially reduce
our capability to respond. Providing the location of specialist vehicles
could increase the risks faced by the crews of these appliances.

 

The public interest is primarily in knowing what vehicles we have and not
necessarily where vehicles are located. It could be argued that disclosing
locations may reassure the public regarding the London Fire Brigade’s
ability to respond to major incidents in specific areas.

 

On balance, I believe that the public interest in withholding this
information outweighs the public interest in disclosing it and in
accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a
Public Interest Refusal Notice in relation to that information.

 

I trust this concludes your request. However, if you have any queries,
please contact me quoting the reference number in the subject field.

 

You have the right to ask the Authority to review this response. If you
wish to do so, please set out in writing your reasons for asking and
address them to David Wyatt - Head of Information Management at:
[1][email address] .

 

You also have the right to ask the Information Commissioner for a decision
as to whether the Authority has dealt with your request in accordance with
the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act. If you wish to do
this, you must first ask the Authority to review its decision; and then
you must apply promptly to the Information Commissioner at: The
Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Thank you for your interest in the London Fire Brigade.

 

Kind regards

 

 

 

Aidan Bartley

Information Management

Strategy & Performance Department

London Fire Brigade

Direct T: 020 8555 1200 ext 30086

Direct F: 020 7960 3617

E: [2][email address]

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^124(1) – National Security

(1) Information which does not fall within section 23(1) is exempt
information if exemption from section 1(1)(b) is required for the purpose
of safeguarding national security.

(2) The duty to confirm or deny does not arise if, or to the extent that,
exemption from section 1(1)(a) is required for the purpose of safeguarding
national security.

(3) A certificate signed by a Minister of the Crown certifying that
exemption from section 1(1)(b), or from section 1(1)(a) and (b), is, or at
any time was, required for the purpose of safeguarding national security
shall, subject to section 60, be conclusive evidence of that fact.

(4) A certificate under subsection (3) may identify the information to
which it applies by means of a general description and may be expressed to
have prospective effect.

^238 – Health and Safety

(1) Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act
would, or would be likely to—

(a) endanger the physical or mental health of any individual, or

(b) endanger the safety of any individual.

(2) The duty to confirm or deny does not arise if, or to the extent that,
compliance with section 1(1)(a) would, or would be likely to, have either
of the effects mentioned in subsection (1).

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