London Fire Brigade: Progress against cause of concern
We conducted an inspection of the London Fire Brigade virtually between August and December 2020. As part of our inspection of what progress London Fire Brigade is making to implement the recommendations in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry’s Phase 1 report, we also considered the brigade’s progress to address the cause of concern we gave in our Round 1 inspection. This letter summarises our findings.
During our inspection of London Fire Brigade, in July 2019, we identified a cause of concern about:
- a backlog of training for staff on risk-critical skills;
- refresher training for emergency vehicle drivers;
- new incident commanders not getting the training they need; and
- the brigade not providing regular incident command training and re-assessment.
The brigade submitted an action plan on 28 February 2020 setting out how it planned to address our cause of concern. We reviewed the brigade’s progress as part of our wider inspection into how it is responding to the recommendations in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry’s Phase 1 report.