Have your say on how the fire brigade should deal with terror and flooding threat

PUBLISHED: 12:41 05 December 2016 | UPDATED: 12:41 05 December 2016




The draft London Safety Plan has been published today (Monday)

Proposals to expand the fire brigade’s capacity to respond to a terrorist attack have been published today (Monday).

London mayor Sadiq Khan is urging residents in Bromley and Bexley to have their say on how London Fire Brigade respond to a potential attack.

The proposal, written in a draft of the London Safety Plan, comes in the wake of last year’s Paris attacks.

Amongst the suggestions is the potential for more specialist firefighters to be trained.

These firefighters would be able to move in behind police to fight fires and help treat casualties during a terrorist incident.

“Keeping Londoners safe is my first priority, and London’s firefighters do an incredible job, putting themselves on the frontline for the rest of us every single day” said Mr Khan.

“As the capital faces new challenges and threats, we need to make sure our Fire Brigade is prepared and ready to respond to whatever may be around the corner. This new plan sets out a series of proposals for the coming years and I encourage all Londoners to have their say in the consultation, and help make sure we are doing everything we can to keep our capital city protected.”

Other plans including attendance times, which are already among the best in the country, as well as improving diversity and community relations within the brigade.

“Even though we hope it never happens, we must prepare our firefighters to be part of the response to a terrorist incident” commented London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson.

“This consultation is a chance for Londoners to have their say on a range of work we are doing to keep Londoners safe for the next four years and how we deal with changing threats.”

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