The London Fire Brigade is the busiest fire & rescue service in the country, and one of the largest in the world. The brigade is part of a group of organisations that make up the Greater London Authority. It has 103 stations.
Its vision is to be a world-class fire & rescue service for London, Londoners and visitors. It will always respond to fires and other emergencies but its work has changed over the years, with a much stronger emphasis now on fire prevention and community safety.
The brigade is the only UK fire & rescue service in which all operational staff are full-time. Other brigades use a combination of full and part-time staff and retained firefighters who carry out firefighting duties in addition to their usual employment. The brigade also has a range of non-uniformed and non-operational staff who work behind the scenes to support frontline services, including IT, finance, procurement and community safety officers.
The Mayor of London appoints 17 members of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority to oversee the London Fire Brigade. Eight members are nominated from the London Assembly, seven from the London boroughs and two are Mayoral appointees.
For over 160 years, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has independently assessed and reported on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces and policing, in the public interest.
In summer 2017, HMIC (now HMICFRS) took on inspections of England’s fire & rescue services, assessing and reporting on their efficiency, effectiveness and leadership.