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Dear London Fire Commissioner (London Fire Brigade),

I am requesting a list of call signs for all vehicles operated by London Fire Brigade (not including officers). Please provide:
* Callsign
* Station
* Vehicle type (Pump, Pump Ladder, Turntable Ladder etc)

Previous requests have been refused, but a number of your official Twitter feeds have posted callsigns recently, so I assume it is now acceptable to release these.

Yours faithfully,

jason smith

LFB Information Access, London Fire Commissioner (London Fire Brigade)

Dear Jason,

Thank you for your email.

Your request will be considered under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and we will respond as soon as we are able. Please note, given the current situation with the Coronavirus, this may be outside of the normal, expected timeframe for a FOI response (20 working days).

Thank you for your patience, with kind regards

Zoe

Zoe Hughes
Information Access
London Fire Brigade

T: 020 8555 1200 x31075
M: 07385 382594 
E: [email address]  
www.london-fire.gov.uk

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LFB Information Access, London Fire Commissioner (London Fire Brigade)

Dear Jason,

I refer to your request for information, received on 20 December 2021, which has been considered under the Freedom of Information Act.

In response, LFB vehicle callsigns are not withheld under the FOI act. These are published online via the London Datastore Mobilisation Records: https://data.london.gov.uk/dataset/londo...

If you download the 'LFB Mobilisation data - last three years' excel spreadsheet from this webpage, the resource codes (or callsigns) can be found in column 'E': https://data.london.gov.uk/download/lond...

Station callsigns (and names) are also published on this spreadsheet and can be found in columns 'O' and 'P'.

The entire LFB fleet list is also published online, via the London Datastore, and this can be accessed via the following link: https://data.london.gov.uk/dataset/londo....

If you download the 'LFB Fleet List - December 2020' excel spreadsheet from this webpage, the vehicle type can be found in column 'F': https://data.london.gov.uk/download/lond...

We do not publish a combined list of vehicle type and vehicle locations. We do not typically provide a detailed breakdown where LFB vehicles are located as, unfortunately, they can be targeted for theft. Therefore, I would consider providing any further details about the location of appliances exempt from disclosure under the FOI act under section 31(1)(a) - Law enforcement. Section 31 is a qualified exemption and I must consider the public interests for and against disclosure. It is sadly the case that fire stations and appliances are targets for crime and the loss of equipment prevents the LFB from carrying out its public safety duties. I am therefore of the view that it is in the public interest not to disclose information at the detailed level you have requested.

I hope you find this information of use. Should you have any further questions please do let me know.

We have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. For more information about this process please see the guidance we publish about making a request on our website.

Kind regards,

Zoe

Zoe Hughes
Information Access
London Fire Brigade

T: 020 8555 1200
E: [email address]  
www.london-fire.gov.uk

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Dear LFB Information Access,

thank you for your reply.

the mobilisation records only appear to show pumps and pump ladders. are you able to provide a full list of callsigns for all vehicles please?

Yours sincerely,

jason smith

LFB Information Access, London Fire Commissioner (London Fire Brigade)

Dear Jason,

Thank you for following up.

My apologies, you are correct that the mobilisation records only include the callsigns for pumps and pump ladders.

As you are aware, the callsign corresponds to a specific LFB fire station. If we release the callsigns for a more specialised vehicles then this could be used to determine their base location.

As I mentioned in my first response to you, we do not publish a combined list of vehicle type and vehicle locations. We do not typically provide a detailed breakdown where LFB vehicles are located as, unfortunately, they can be targeted for theft. Therefore, I would consider providing any further details about the callsigns of any LFB vehicles (other than pumping appliances) exempt from disclosure under the FOI act under section 31(1)(a) - Law enforcement. Section 31 is a qualified exemption and I must consider the public interests for and against disclosure. It is sadly the case that fire stations and appliances are targets for crime and the loss of equipment prevents the LFB from carrying out its public safety duties. I am therefore of the view that it is in the public interest not to disclose information at the detailed level you have requested.

I hope you find this revised information of use. Should you have any further questions please do let me know.

We have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. For more information about this process please see the guidance we publish about making a request on our website.

Kind regards,

Zoe

Zoe Hughes
Information Access
London Fire Brigade

T: 020 8555 1200 x31075
M: 07385 382594 
E: [email address]  
www.london-fire.gov.uk

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