For the London Fire Brigade this meant a service was needed of fully-trained personnel, which could be deployed at short notice should its officers be unable to deliver core services during terrorist incidents or industrial action.
Over 600 Securitas officers have been trained to provide 'Emergency Fire Crew Capability' (EFCC). Each member undergoes a rigorous selection process including health and fitness testing and continuous training to ensure they are equipped with the know-how and physical competencies to protect London and its residents in an emergency.
Since its introduction, the Emergency Fire Crew Capability has been called into action nine times to protect the capital with only six days' notice, as a result of industrial action. Incidents it has faced have included a number of domestic, industrial and electrical fires and road traffic collisions, which have all been handled efficiently and safely.
According to Dany Cotton QFSM, Commissioner, London Fire Brigade, the Emergency Fire Crew Capability provides a readied, skilled and dedicated unit, which is unrivalled in the UK. She comments: “The London Fire Commissioner has a legal duty to provide London with an emergency fire and rescue service during industrial action or any event which deprives the Brigade of its usual workforce. This service, Emergency Fire Capability Crew (EFCC), is provided by Securitas and throughout the 2014 industrial action period the 200-strong team attended over 600 incidents, utilising 27 fire appliances and two fire rescue units. We continue to value our partnership with Securitas.”
Securitas has been supporting UK Fire Services since 2010 and also works in close partnership with South Yorkshire FR, South Wales FRS and Royal Berkshire FRS.
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