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 has operational staff and 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.
Decisions are made either by the London Fire Commissioner (the statutory fire and rescue authority for Greater London), the Mayor of London or the Deputy Mayor for Fire and Resilience. A Fire, Resilience and Emergency Planning Committee of the London Assembly holds the Commissioner, Mayor and Deputy Mayor to account.
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.