London Fire Brigade

Securitas began working with the fire service in 2009, after the Civil Contingence is Act made it a statutory requirement for those bodies responsible for protecting the UK to ensure robust contingency support was available.

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 Ron Dobson, Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, the EFCC provides a readied, skilled and dedicated unit, which is unrivalled in the UK.  He says: "Securitas works in partnership with us to offer a model that best fits what we require as the UK's largest fire and rescue service.  I believe we have a stronger, more robust contingency model than any other fire service in the country."

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