London Fire Brigade

Agenda and minutes

London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority
Thursday, 24 November 2016 2.00 pm

Venue: The Chamber, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2ALL

Contact: Peter Goss, Ground Floor, 169 Union Street, London, SE1 OLL; telephone: 020 8555 1200 ext 30084; e-mail:  peter.goss@london-fire.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Fiona Colley.

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 143 KB

Minutes of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority meeting held on 29 September 2016.

Minutes:

The motion was made by the Chair – that the minutes of the Authority meeting held on 29 September 2016 be signed as a correct record.

 

The motion was seconded by the Vice Chair, put and agreed.

 

Resolved – accordingly.

 

The minutes were thereupon signed by the Chair.

3.

Minutes of the Appointments and Urgency Committee pdf icon PDF 95 KB

Minutes of the meeting of the Appointments and Urgency Committee held on 16 September 2016.

Minutes:

The motion was made by the Chair – that the minutes of the Appointments and Urgency Committee meeting held on 16 September 2016  be signed as a correct record.

 

The motion was seconded by the Vice Chair, put and agreed.

 

Resolved – accordingly.

 

The minutes were thereupon signed by the Chair.

4.

Special Announcements by the Chair and reports by the Chair or the Clerk to the Authority of any Communications

Minutes:

The Chair, on behalf of the Authority, expressed  sympathy for the victims, their families and friends, and survivors of the Croydon Tram crash.  She thanked firefighters for their work on the day and asked the Commissioner to report on the incident.  The Commissioner reported that Brigade control was called at 6.11am to reports of an incident near the Sandilands tram stop on Addiscome Road in Croydon. The first appliances arrived on the scene quickly and were faced with one tram consisting of two carriages which had been travelling westbound, left the track and overturned fifty metres east of Sandilands station.  It became immediately clear that a number of people had died, and that many were injured.  The situation was very quickly declared a major incident by both British Transport and London Fire Brigade.  Five Fire Rescue Units and eight fire appliances attended the scene at the height of the incident.  Thirty persons with various injuries were removed to University College Hospital, Croydon.  Twenty persons were removed to Saint Georges Hospital, Tooting.  Seven people were declared life extinct by the London Ambulance Service.  The Commissioner stated that everyone’s thoughts were with those affected by the incident.  Firefighters remained at the scene until around 9pm.  Local residents, clearly impacted by such a significant event, were understanding of the actions required during the day.  A local nursery was used to provide facilities and the Salvation Army provided essential refreshments during the day.  The Mayor had written to Brigade staff thanking them for their operational response.  The Commissioner stated that he wished to place on record his thanks and recognition of all Brigade staff who responded so professionally.  He was proud that the training, dedication and abilities of his staff played a vital role in saving lives and respectfully taking care of the seven people who had died.

           

The Chair informed Members that the former leader of the London Fire and Civil Defence Authority, Tony Ritchie, had passed away on 9 November. Mr Ritchie was active in the community for much of his life, becoming Mayor of Southwark from 1989-1990, serving as a Councillor for 28 years and being leader of the London Fire and Civil Defence Authority between 1990 and 1999.

 

The Chair announced that as part of Black History Month, black operational members of staff had visited a number of primary schools and delivered a presentation on black history within the Brigade.

 

The Chair announced that on 17 November the Brigade was awarded the Public Sector Large Green Fleet of the Year 2016 award, for the change of the whole car fleet to Ultra Low Emission electric hybrid vehicles. This consists of the fifty two BMW i3 cars and five Office of Low Emission grant funded hybrid electric cars, plus some other advancements / improvements the Brigade are making.

 

The Chair reported that on Sunday, 20 November 2016 the Brigade attended a fire at a Garden Centre in Hillingdon. A total of 15 appliance and 2 aerials attended the incident. Crews worked  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Disclosures of Interests and Dispensations

Clerk to the Authority – known details of membership of the GLA, other functional bodies and London Boroughs are attached as an Appendix to this Agenda.  The Appendix does not remove the need for a Member to declare at the meeting an interest (whether or not listed in the Appendix) in any relevant item on the agenda paper and to state also the nature of that interest 

Minutes:

Resolved – That the details of membership of the GLA, other functional bodies and London Boroughs, as attached as an appendix to the agenda, be noted.  No further disclosures were made.

6.

Budget Update - FEP 2660 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Director of Finance and Contractual Services – providing the draft 2017/18 LFEPA Budget and reporting on savings plans to meet the previously identified budget gap, as well as the capital programme and prudential borrowing requirements.

 

[Resources Committee - 4 November 2016]

 

Director of Finance and Contractual Services – supplementary report attached which presents a revised equality analysis that replaces the version included in the main Budget Update report (FEP2660), in order to meet the updated requirements.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Report by Director of Finance and Contractual Services.

 

The Director of Finance and Contractual Services introduced the report and the supplementary report  (FEP 2660A) circulated with the agenda and answered questions from Members on points of detail.

 

Following discussion, during which some Members challenged some of the statements made during the GLA election campaign about the level of resources needed for the Brigade, the Chair moved the motion:

 

(1)          That the Authority approves the budget submission to the Mayor that includes:

 

(a)           savings proposals of £7.6m in 2017/18 as set out in Appendix 3;

(b)          growth proposals of £1.8m in 2017/18 as set out in Appendix 4;

(c)           a draft four year capital plan, prudential indicators and borrowing limits for 2017/18 to 2020/21, with a draft capital budget in 2017/18 of £53.8m as set out in table 7.          

 

(2)          that the revised Equalities Analysis attached as Appendix 2 be noted.

 

The motion was seconded by the Vice Chair, put and agreed.

 

Resolved – accordingly.

7.

Treasury Management Mid Year Report - FEP 2662 pdf icon PDF 106 KB

Director of Finance and Contractual Services – providing a summary of the Authority’s treasury activities for the first half of the financial year, 1 April to 30 September 2016

 

[Resources Committee - 4 November 2016]

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Report Director of Finance and Contractual Services

 

The Director of Finance and Contractual Services introduced the report and answered questions from Members on points of detail.

 

The Chair moved the motion:

 

That the Authority notes the Treasury Management Mid Year report

 

The motion was seconded by the Vice Chair, put and agreed.

 

Resolved – accordingly.

8.

Draft London Safety Plan (2017) - FEP 2678 pdf icon PDF 240 KB

Commissioner – presenting the draft London Safety Plan setting out proposals for the period from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2021.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Report by the Commissioner.

 

The Commissioner introduced the report and pointed out that a revised version of Appendix 1 – the London Safety Plan (2017) consultation document, had been circulated under cover of a supplementary agenda.  He also pointed out that corrections to the table in paragraph 41 of the covering report, as set out below, had been tabled.

 

Borough

Modelled
current performance

Modelled performance of
one appliance move (Kingston/New Malden)

Impact

1st to All

2nd to All

1st to All

2nd to All

1st to All

2nd to All

London-wide

05:27

06:47

05:27

06:46

00:00

-00:01

Kingston-upon-Thames

05:58

08:02

05:55

07:46 45

-0:03

-0:17

Merton

05:48

07:45

05:44

07:19

-0:04

-0:26

Richmond-upon-Thames

06:01

07:29

06:02

07:55 47

+0:02 01

+0:18

Sutton

05:39

07:07

05:39

07:06

00:00

-0:01

 

In accordance with Standing Order 15, Greg Edwards, FBU, addressed the meeting on behalf of the Fire Brigade Union.  The Chair thanked the Union for the work it had put into contributing to the plan.

 

The Commissioner highlighted the key themes of the plan, the major changes made to it, the consultation to be carried out and how the plan linked to the Mayoral priorities. 

 

Following discussion, the chair moved the motion:

 

The Chair moved the motion:

 

That the Authority –

 

(1)          Approve this version of the London Safety Plan (2017) for public consultation and engagement; and

 

(2)          Authorise the Commissioner to make any editing and stylistic changes which may be required to the draft plan prior to engagement and/or to facilitate design and production.

 

The motion was seconded by the Vice Chair, put and agreed.

 

Resolved – accordingly.

9.

Anthony Mayer Review of Resourcing of the London Fire Brigade and Lord Harris Review of London's Preparedness to Respond to a Major Terrorist Incident - FEP 2679 pdf icon PDF 144 KB

Commissioner – presenting a report on two reviews commissioned by the Mayor of London relevant to the London Fire Brigade.

Minutes:

Report by the Commissioner.

 

The Commissioner introduced the report.

 

The Chair moved the motion:

 

That the Authority –

 

Notes the reports and that officers provide a proposed action plan to deal with

their implications for the London Fire Brigade at the Authority meeting in January 2017.

 

The motion was seconded by the Vice Chair, put and agreed.

 

Resolved – accordingly.

10.

Honours, Awards and Long Service - FEP 2680 pdf icon PDF 113 KB

Head of Legal and Democratic Services – providing an update on honours and awards and long service in connection with former and serving employees of the Authority and letters of congratulations presented to other individuals.

Minutes:

Report by Head of Legal and Democratic Services.

 

The Chair moved the motion:

 

That the Authority places on record its congratulations to:

 

(1)          The officers and members of the public mentioned in paragraphs 2 - 4 who received

Assistant Commissioner’s Certificates of Commendation and Borough Commander’s

Letters of Congratulations; and

 

(2)          Those officers who received the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal or Long Service Certificate (as referred to in paragraph 5).

 

The motion was seconded by the Vice Chair, put and agreed.

 

Resolved – accordingly.

11.

Authority - Summary List of Actions Arising - FEP 2681 pdf icon PDF 110 KB

Clerk to the  Authority   setting out actions arising from previous meetings of the Authority.

Minutes:

Report by the Clerk to the Authority.

 

The Chair moved that the report be noted.

 

The motion was seconded by the Vice Chair, put and agreed.

 

Resolved – accordingly.

12.

Questions from Members (in accordance with Standing Order 20) – 24 November 2016 – FEP 2682

Minutes:

Questions from Members for the meeting on 24 November 2016, published in the order received in accordance with Standing Order 20, are set out below with supplementary questions and the Chair and Commissioner’s replies:

 

Questions received:

 

Question 469

Caroline Russell AM

 

 

Protecting critical infrastructure

With reference to your response to my question 468 on flood resilience, what needs to be done to ensure that utility and critical infrastructure providers have effective systems in place to protect their infrastructure so that the time and support that the London Fire Brigade has to provide is reduced compared to the incident at Kenley Water Treatment Works?

 

Commissioner’s written response:

In October 2016, London Resilience Team and the London Fire Brigade Emergency Planning Team combined to form London Resilience, a collective unit delivering services on behalf of the Mayor of London, London's Local Authorities and London Fire Brigade.

London Resilience coordinates institutions and communities to prevent, handle, recover and learn from disruption, and adapt to change; on behalf of the Mayor of London, Greater London Authority, Local Authorities and London Fire Brigade to ensure London survives and prospers.

 

London Resilience has learnt from the experience of managing the significant flooding incidents that have occurred within and on the boundaries of London over the past 5 years and as part of its wider strategy (- London Partnership Strategy -) has built robust links with the utility companies, transport and infrastructure providers most likely to be affected by major flooding. Through this partnership the London Resilience team supports relevant organisations to develop and deliver better plans and systems to mitigate and recover from flooding incidents, therefore reducing the long term impact on the emergency services and local authorities. Of particular note is the Environment Agency’s introduction of new surface water flood risk mapping and alerts which are better able to warn and inform businesses and residents in the capital.

 

In addition the draft London Safety Plan 2017, recognises that the London Fire Brigade (LFB) has the capacity and ability to offer a wider range of flood prevention, response, restoration and protection  activities to residents and businesses with a particular focus on flooding prevention and preparation. These proposals will also help infrastructure providers better prepare and recover from major flooding incidents. LFB officers are working in partnership with GLA environmental specialists to ensure these proposals are aligned to the GLA’s own initiatives such as ‘Drain London’ which seeks to map and reduce the risk of flooding in the urban environment.

 

The proposed activities include:

 

  • Erecting flood barriers around critical infrastructure to protect them in response to flood warnings
  • Offering flood prevention and preparation advice to those organisations and residents most likely to be affected by flooding
  • Use  LFB crews in the restoration phase to make properties safer in a quicker and more efficient way
  • Increasing LFBs specialist flood response in recognition of the increasing risk of extreme weather events.

 

Caroline Russell AM:  Thank you for your written response to the initial question.  I further would like  ...  view the full minutes text for item 12.

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*Table referred to in Commissioner’s written response above, providing a ward breakdown of where fatal fires have occurred in the year to date, attached as an annexe.

13.

Urgent Business

Any other items the Chair considers urgent.

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.