The Audit Commission has reported that London’s Fire Service is “performing strongly” and has delivered improvements in key areas such as arson reduction and deaths from accidental fires.
The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA), which runs the London Fire Brigade, got the highest overall rating in its 2007 performance assessment after extensive evaluation by the Audit Commission. Inspectors found a “commendable record of improvement in priority areas” at the Authority.
The commission highlighted initiatives such as the LIFE (Local Intervention Fire Education) scheme and the Juvenile Firesetters programme for their positive outcomes.
Val Shawcross, Chair of LFEPA, said: “The Audit Commission’s assessment is tremendous news and a tribute to the commitment of all staff who achieved this.”
Ron Dobson, London Fire Commissioner, said: “We have built on the successes of previous years and it.s fantastic to see the improvements we’ve put in place recognised with this exceptional rating.”
“I’m delighted that the external assessors have recognised the high quality of the services that the London Fire Brigade and the Authority provides.”