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Harrow residents urged to have their say on London Fire Brigade’s future plan

People who live and work in Harrow are being urged by Borough Commander Rob Hazzard to get involved and give their feedback on Your London Fire Brigade, the Fire Brigade’s future plan for 2023-29.

The plan sets out how the Brigade intends to change and improve to meet the needs of Harrow and other London communities. The consultation is live and closes on Monday 25 July. Events in [area of London] are being promoted on the Brigade’s local twitter accounts.

This is London Fire Brigade’s first London plan since the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in 2017. The Brigade acknowledges that much has already changed in the organisation, but that they owe it to the bereaved and survivors, all Londoners and our staff to do much more.

The Brigade is adopting four new pillars which focus on London’s communities: engaging with you, protecting you, learning from you and representing you. These pillars are supported by eight commitments, each of which will deliver a number of key projects and activities.

Examples of how the Brigade plans to meet its commitments include:

Online prevention and protection services that allow people to get advice and access services.

A new way for communities to get non-emergency advice and reassurance.

Using data to identify and understand trends across the Brigade’s services to forecast future needs of communities.

Improving collaboration with their partners to do more for communities and remove duplication.

Delivering environmentally sustainable projects for London by changing how they deliver our services.

The plan builds on changes that the Brigade has made in recent years. New 32 metre and 64 metre turntable ladders have been rolled out for use across London to manage incidents in high-rise buildings. Fire escape hoods have been introduced to help people being rescued in smoke-filled environments. To prevent fires and improve safety, a new online Home Fire Safety Checker has helped thousands of people make their homes safer.

The draft plan and a survey to collect your feedback can be found on the TalkLondon website. You’ll need to register to access it but it’s very quick and simple.

Borough Commander Rob Hazzard, said: “I encourage people who live, work and visit Harrow to get involved and have their say on London Fire Brigade’s future plan. Our comments on the plan will shape their services for years to come and make sure that they’re doing everything that’s necessary to keep our communities safe.”

London Fire Commissioner Andy Roe said: “I have spent more than 20 years in London Fire Brigade and have been present at some of London’s greatest tragedies – the Croydon tram crash, the Grenfell Tower fire, and the multiple terror attacks. In those moments I have witnessed great courage and professionalism from fellow firefighters, often in the face of unimaginable danger. I also saw the unfailing strength of London’s communities, their dignity and generosity, tolerance and kindness.

“This plan was written after many hours spent with Londoners and it also draws on all the Brigades experiences – as we approach our 160th year. It sets out how we want to we change the way we do things to meet the needs and expectations of the communities we serve.

“We want to know what you think, and I encourage everyone to have their say. Only through getting involved can we ensure the views of Londoners are at the centre of this plan to keep our great city safe in the years to come.”