London Fire Brigade

Agenda and minutes

London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority
Thursday, 20 April 2017 2.00 pm

Venue: 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.

Statement of Members Appointed

Statement of persons appointed Members of the London Fire and Emergency Planning

Authority by virtue of Schedule 28 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999:

 

Dr Fiona Twycross  - Chair                         Assembly representative

Tony Arbour, JP                                               Assembly representative

Gareth Bacon                                                   Assembly representative

Fiona Colley                                                      Borough representative

Leonie Cooper                                                 Assembly representative

Emma Dent Coad                                          Mayoral representative

Unmesh Desai                                                 Assembly representative

Andrew Dismore                                            Assembly representative

Susan Hall                                                          Borough representative

Sarah Hayward                                                Borough representative

Jack Hopkins                                                     Borough representative

Mehboob Khan                                               Mayoral representative

David Kurten                                                   Assembly representative

Oonagh Moulton                                            Borough representative

Caroline Russell                                              Assembly representative

Martin Whelton                                              Borough representative

Amy Whitelock Gibbs                                 Borough representative

 

Minutes:

Resolved –That the appointments by the Mayor of London of the Members of the Authority be noted.

 

In addition, the Chair welcomed to the meeting Unmesh Desai AM who was new to the Authority, replacing Florence Eshalomi AM who had stepped down from the Authority. 

2.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Caroline Russell AM, Councillor Susan Hall and Councillor Mehboob Khan.

3.

Appointment of Vice Chair

Paragraphs 3(3) and (4) of Schedule 28 to the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (as amended) provide that the Authority shall in each year appoint a Vice-Chair from among its Members, as the first business transacted at the Annual Meeting. By virtue of Schedule 12, paragraph 39, of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended) in the case of an equality of votes in respect of the appointment of the Vice-Chair, the person presiding at the meeting may give a second or casting vote.

Minutes:

The Authority, pursuant to Schedule 28, paragraph 3 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (as amended), proceeded to the appointment of a Vice-Chairman.

 

Councillor Martin Whelton was nominated by Léonie Cooper AM; the nomination was seconded by Unmesh Desai AM.

 

There being no other nominations, Councillor Martin Whelton was duly appointed as Vice-Chair of the Authority for the period until 30 September 2017.

 

Resolved – accordingly.

 

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 215 KB

Minutes of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority meeting held on 30 March 2017.

Minutes:

The motion was made by the Chair – that the minutes of the Authority meeting held on 30 March 2017 be signed as a correct record.

 

The motion was seconded by Councillor Martin Whelton, put and agreed.

 

Resolved – accordingly.

 

The minutes were thereupon signed by the Chair.

5.

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

Minutes:

The Chair thanked the Brigade’s officers for all their hard work over the Easter period.

 

The Chair reported that on 17 March the Brigade received multiple calls to a fire in a 2nd floor flat in Islington. A crew wearing breathing apparatus entered the flat, extinguished the fire, carried out a search and rescued two dogs. At the same time a ‘Fire Survival Guidance’ call was in progress for occupants of a flat on the 4th floor in the same block. A second breathing apparatus crew was immediately sent to the 4th floor. Whilst control officers continued to provide reassurance to the occupants on the phone, firefighters forced entry to the flat and rescued the two adults inside.

 

The Chair reported that on 3 April the Brigade was called to a fire at the Riverside Mental Health Unit within Hillingdon Hospital. On arrival, crews found the door to be barricaded from the inside. Firefighters forced entry, extinguished the fire and carried out a thorough search in breathing apparatus. They located a 30 year old man in a bathroom, unconscious and breathing with difficulty. Crews administered oxygen and promoted recovery until the London Ambulance Service arrived.

 

The Chair reported that on 12 April the Brigade was called to fire in a two storey builder’s yard near to Brent Cross Shopping Centre. The fire was believed to have started on the ground floor but quickly spread throughout the buildings and involved high bay racking of timber storage and a number of propane gas cylinders, some of which exploded due to the fire. Undergrowth adjacent to the nearby railway lines also caught fire. Twelve pumping appliances and two aerial ladder platforms attended the incident. There were no reported injuries. The nearby M1 motorway and adjacent rail lines were closed due to the amount of smoke caused by the fire.

 

The Chair announced that LFB Fire Cadets continued to go from strength to strength. There were now twelve active units across London and the programme was due to expand again in September with the introduction of a Marine Fire Cadet Unit based at the Fireboat Pontoon in Lambeth, to be run in partnership with the Massey Shaw Education Trust, the RNLI and the Sea Cadets.

 

Furthermore, the Chair added that two LFB Cadets had done exceptionally well, and from over 10,000 applicants, they are through to the final 32 young people aspiring towards the esteemed Duke of Westminster Award. This prestigious competition was held to find the most determined and selfless ten uniformed cadets from across the UK, and the winners were to experience the trip of a lifetime in South Africa. Finally, three LFB Fire Cadets had just secured their places to go to Nepal later in the year on a fundraising project in conjunction with Cheshire Fire Cadets. They would be raising money for the ‘Classrooms in the Cloud’ charity, which helps to rebuild earthquake damaged schools in the mountains of Nepal.

 

The Chair, on behalf of the Authority,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

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.

7.

Reconstitution of Committees, Standing Orders, Allowances, Delegations and Related Matters - FEP 2730 pdf icon PDF 151 KB

Clerk to the Authority – providing information  for consideration by the Authority, in accordance with Standing Order 16(b)(v) and (vii),  the Authority’s committee structure, the allocation of seats on committees, the membership and chairmanship of committees for the  2017-18 municipal year, the programme of meetings for the 2017 -18 year, the Standing Orders of the Authority, the Members’ Scheme of Allowances, the Scheme of Delegation of  Functions to Officers and Financial Regulations.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Report by the Clerk to the Authority.

 

A document populated with details of the proposed membership of all committees was tabled at the meeting.

 

The Chair moved part (1) of the motion – That the Authority notes the appointment by the Mayor of London of the Chair and Members of the Authority.

 

The motion was seconded by Councillor Martin Whelton, put and agreed.

 

The Chair then moved part (2) of the motion – That the Authority agrees  that the committee structure proposed in the report be adopted for the period to September 2017 with the orders of reference for each such body being as set out at Appendix 1 to the report (FEP 2730).

 

The motion was seconded by Councillor Martin Whelton, put and agreed.

 

The Chair moved part (3) of the motion – That the Authority agrees unanimously to dis-apply the proportionality rules in the allocation of seats on committees.

 

The motion was seconded by Councillor Martin Whelton, put and agreed.

 

The Chair moved parts (4) and (5) of the motion – That the Authority appoints Members and alternate Members to seats on committees and appoints the chairs and vice-chairs of committees  in accordance with the document as tabled.

 

The motion was seconded by Councillor Martin Whelton, put and agreed.

 

The Chair moved part (6) of the motion – That the Authority re-confirms the establishment of the Joint Council on the basis of the previously-approved constitution, as set out at Appendix 2 to the report (FEP 2730), and appoints Authority Members in accordance with the document as tabled.

 

The motion was seconded by Councillor Martin Whelton, put and agreed.

 

The Chair moved part (7) of the motion – That the Authority re-confirms the establishment of the Local Pension Board on the basis of the previously-approved constitution, as set out at Appendix 3 to the report (FEP 2730), and appoints Authority Members in accordance with the document as tabled.

 

The motion was seconded by Councillor Martin Whelton, put and agreed.

 

The Chair moved part (8) of the motion – That the Authority approves the programme of Authority and committee meeting dates for the period to September 2017, as set out at Appendix 4 of the report (FEP 2730).

 

The motion was seconded by Councillor Martin Whelton, put and agreed.

 

The Chair moved part (9) of the motion – That the Authority approves the Standing Orders for the Authority and Scheme of Delegation of Functions to Officers, as set out at Appendices 5 and 6 to the report (FEP 2730).

 

The motion was seconded by Councillor Martin Whelton, put and agreed.

 

The Chair moved part (10) of the motion – That the Authority adopts the Members’ Allowances Scheme, as set out at Appendix 8 to the report (FEP 2730).

 

The motion was seconded by Councillor Martin Whelton, put and agreed.

 

The Chair moved part (11) of the motion - That the Authority approves the Financial Regulations, as set out at Appendix 7  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

Representation on Outside Bodies - FEP 2731 pdf icon PDF 156 KB

Clerk to the Authority – reviewing the representation of the Authority on outside bodies for the 2017-18 year.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A document setting out proposed nominations to outside bodies was tabled at the meeting and is attached as Appendix 2 to these minutes.

 

The motion was made by the Chair:

 

That –

 

(1)               Representatives be appointed to the relevant bodies for the 2017-18 year in accordance with the nominations set out within the document as tabled (and attached as Appendix 2 to these minutes);

 

(2)          Upon ceasing to be a Member of the Authority, a Member's appointment as an LFEPA representative to an outside body automatically ends; and

 

(3)          Should there be any change to the Authority’s political balance during the municipal year, a report be submitted to the next meeting of the Authority to ensure that LFEPA’s representation on outside bodies remains consistent with the rules of proportionality.

 

The motion was seconded by Councillor Martin Whelton, put and agreed.

 

Resolved – accordingly.

 

9.

Authority - Summary List of Actions

Clerk to the  Authority – there are no outstanding actions arising from previous meetings of the Authority.

Minutes:

It was noted that there were no outstanding actions arising from previous meetings of the Authority.

10.

Urgent Business

Any other items the Chair considers urgent.

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.