The London Fire Commissioner – Governance
The London Fire Commissioner is a corporation sole and the fire and rescue authority for London. It is a functional body of the Greater London Authority.
The London Fire Commissioner comes under the Mayor of London, who is responsible for all of the organisations in the GLA Group, with strategic powers over the capital’s policing and fire services, transport network, housing, environment and other areas. The Mayor sets the London Fire Commissioner’s budget, jointly develops and approves the London Safety Plan and can direct the LFC to act.
The Deputy Mayor for Fire and Resilience supports the Mayor in this role. She oversees the work of the London Fire Commissioner on a day-to-day basis, engages with stakeholders on behalf of the Mayor, and is responsible for approving key decisions.
This Governance arrangement replaces the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.
What does London Fire Commissioner do?
The London Fire Commissioner is responsible for providing London’s fire and rescue service, ensuring that it is effective and efficient.
All formal decisions about London Fire Brigade are approved by London Fire Commissioner. The Mayor of London or the Deputy Mayor for Fire and Resilience must approve major decisions, including expenditure, as well as agreeing the overall strategic priorities for the Brigade.
Alongside the Commissioner, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor represent the London Fire Brigade publicly and are answerable to the London Assembly and other stakeholders for its performance.
How are decisions made?
The formal process for decisions is:
- Reports for decisions are taken to a Commissioner’s Board.
- The Commissioner’s Board will discuss and agree recommendations.
- Where the Mayor or Deputy Mayor must approve a decision, it will then be discussed at a meeting of the Deputy Mayor’s Fire and Resilience Board, and subsequently at the Greater London Authority’s Corporate Investment Board.
- The London Fire Commissioner will then take final decisions based on recommendations from the Commissioner’s Board, and the agreement of the Mayor or the Deputy Mayor where required.
- Once the formal decision is made by the London Fire Commissioner, the decision and the reports supporting it will be published on our decisions page.