Crew Levels

James Stevens made this Freedom of Information request to London Fire Commissioner (London Fire Brigade)

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Dear London Fire Commissioner (London Fire Brigade),

Please could you provide me with the following information about crews of appliances.

Number of crew per station (e.g. 9 Station X - 9 Firefighters, 2 Crew Managers, 1 Watch Manager)
Station Crewing Type (e.g. Retained, Wholetime etc)
What, if any vehicles are cross crewed with another appliance.
Normal crew levels before a vehicle dispatches (e.g. 5 crew on a pump, 1 on an ALP, 2 on a WrC, etc)

Yours faithfully,

James Stevens

London Fire Commissioner (London Fire Brigade)

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Thank you for your patience, with kind regards


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London Fire Commissioner (London Fire Brigade)

Dear James,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request, received on 19 April 2020, regarding crew levels.

Please do accept my apologies for the delay in response. I would like to direct you to some readily available information that can be found on the LFB website in relation to the LFB station crew structure:

Structure chart: Fire station with one fire engine:

Structure chart: Fire station with one fire engines:

Please note, the LFB do not have any retained operational staff, in London, all station-based operational staff are employed as whole (full) time firefighters.

Details about shared/alternate crewed vehicles are published on page 37 and 39 of the LFB London Safety Plan which can be accessed through the following link on our website:

Further details about the LFB fleet are published through the London Datastore and can be accessed via the following link:

Normal crewing is defined as follows by reference to the type and nature of appliance and calculated on a station by station basis:

Pump Ladder = 5
Pump = 4
Turntable Ladders = 2
Hydraulic Platform = 2
Aerial Ladder Platforms = 2
Fire Rescue Unit = 4
Fireboat = 5
Operational Support Unit = 1
Fire Investigation Unit = 1

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

This request has been dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If you are dissatisfied by this response you can request an internal review by writing to the Head of Information Management at the address below (or email [email address]).

Further information about your information rights (including how to raise a concern or make a complaint) is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office on their website at or by writing to them at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Kind regards,


Zoe Hughes
Information Access

London Fire Brigade
169 Union Street London SE1 0LL
T 0208555 1200
E [email address]

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