General questions regarding incidents

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Dear London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (London Fire Brigade),

Could you please provide answers to the following 7 questions I have:

1. Command Levels for incidents (for example a Level 1 incident could be 1-3 pumps with a sub officer in charge)
2. procedure for sending ICU's (for example having 2 or more ICU's at Level 3, 4 or 5 incidents)
3. reason for DIM unit at Lambeth attending Croydon tram crash
4. number of OSU's at Croydon tram crash
5. do you send support pumps for the ICU's or can they self deploy
6. does the OSU need a support pump to operate?
7. what stations do AE57 FMZ and RX54 OLT belong to?

Yours faithfully,

Mark Davidson

London Fire Commissioner (London Fire Brigade)

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Dear Mr Davidson

 

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA) for information in relation to the general questions regarding
London Fire Brigade incidents.

 

Your request was received on Wednesday 14^th December 2016 and will be
processed in accordance with FOIA.

 

Should you have any queries, please don’t  hesitate to contact me quoting
the above reference number on all correspondence.

 

Kind regards

 

 

 

 

Sherine Malko

 

Sherine Malko
Information Access Manager
London Fire Brigade
169 Union Street, London SE1 0LL

T: 020 8555 1200 ext. 30384
E: [1][email address]

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London Fire Commissioner (London Fire Brigade)

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Dear Mr Davidson

 

Thank you for your request of 14 December 2016  for information in
relation to the general questions regarding London Fire Brigade (LFB)
incidents.

 

We have now processed your request and I can confirm we hold the
information you have requested and this is detailed below.  For your
convenience I have responded to your point in turn.

 

1.     Command Levels for incidents (for example a Level 1 incident could
be 1-3 pumps with a sub officer in charge)

       The London Fire Brigade no longer has the rank of Sub Officers,
choosing to change to a role based structure in 2005. The level of
incident command can depend on the type of incident being attended, as
demonstrated in the Croydon Tram crash

      which was declared a Major incident,  however the general rules are:

 

·         Crew Manager (previously a Leading Firefighter) will generally
be in  charge of a 1 appliance incident.

·         Watch Manager (WM) can take charge of an operational incident up
to 4 pumping appliances with a Station Manager (SM)as a monitoring
officer.

·         A Station Manager  will be in charge between 5 and 6 pumping
appliances with a Group Manager (GM) as a monitoring officer  

·         Group Manager will be in charge of  between 7 to 10 pumping
appliances with a  Deputy Assistant Commissioner (DAC) as a monitoring
officer

·         An Deputy Assistant Commissioner will be in charge between 11
and 15 pumping appliance with an Assistant Commissioner as the monitoring
officer

·         An Assistant Commissioner will be in charge of  between 16
pumping appliance and above with a Brigade Manager as the monitoring
officer

 

Levels of Command are:

 

·         FF+/FF^ - WM Level 1 FF^/FF+ those firefighters who have been
identified as being able to act up into a temporary CM position for a
time, whether at their own station or as part of a standby move for
officer cover.

·         SM-GM Level 2

·         DAC-AC level 3

·         DAC – AC Level 4 (Strategic Command)

 

  

2.     Procedure for sending ICU's (for example having 2 or more ICU's at
Level 3, 4 or 5 incidents)

        The LFB Mobilising Policy outlines the level of attendance
required of all specialist vehicles and pumping appliances depending on
the type of incident, however the general rules on the number of Command
Units (CU) that will be ordered in the first instance

       will be:

 

·         1 CU up to a 4 pump incident

·         2 CUs at  6 pump incidents and above.

 

     Further CUs can be ordered on at the discretion of the Incident
Commander, which will be subject to the type and level of incident being
attended. This is done when the Incident Commander requires  greater
co-ordination and control of the scene and

    to facilitate multi agency working.

 

3.     Reason for DIM Unit at Lambeth attending Croydon tram crash. 

  AT 1 DIM  unit had mobilised as part of major incident response due to
possibility of HAZMAT (hazardous material) element at this incident scene.

 

4.     Number of OSUs at the Croydon tram crash.   

     Two OSU attended as part of the pre-determined attendance for an
eight pump incident.

 

5.     Do you send support pumps for the ICU's or can they self deploy

        Command Units to do not self deploy as they are either mobilised
as an initial attendance or requested as an additional resource by the
Incident Commander at the scene. On both occasion they will be mobilised
via Brigade Control.

 

6.     Does the OSU need a support pump to operate?

        The Operational Support Unit is equipped to travel on blue lights
with a minimum of one trained operative who can deploy the recourses
required to the scene. Whilst it does not require it’s own support pump to
deploy, however additional firefighter may

         be allocated at the scene to support the OSU operator(s) in the
deployment of the required resources. This would be dependant on the
volume and nature of the equipment required.

 

7. What stations do ZE57 FMZ and RX54 OLT belong to?

      AE57 FMZ is based at East Ham and RX54 OLT is based at Croydon.
 However, our appliances can be mobilised to/from any station or incident
depending on operational requirements.

 

I hope you find the information provided useful. If you have any further
questions please let me know, ensuring you quote the reference number
above on all correspondence.

 

Your 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 and Performance at
the address below (or email [1][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 [2]www.ico.org.uk or by writing
to them at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

 

Kind regards

 

 

 

 

Sherine Malko

 

Sherine Malko
Information Access Manager
London Fire Brigade
169 Union Street, London SE1 0LL

T: 020 8555 1200 ext. 30384
E: [3][email address]

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