"Heroes with grimy faces" - Sir Winston Churchill

"Heroes with grimy faces" - Sir Winston Churchill

October 12, 2005

NEW LFB RANK STRUCTURE

(Illustration: www.policegifts.co.uk from old postcard)

(Photo: BBC web site)

Out with the old and in with the new! As part of a modernization program, the London Fire Brigade adopted a ``uniformed structure ... based on roles rather than on rank,'' according to the LFB website.

We understand the Watch Manager ``B'' - formerly the station officer - will still be lovingly called the ``Guv'' by firefighters.

Here is the new chain of command, as of October 2005:

Commissioner for Fire and Emergency Planning
The Brigade's principal officer. Responsible for the overall running of the organisation.

Deputy Commissioner for Fire and Emergency Planning
Responsible for the day-to-day running of the Brigade's operational workforce.

Assistant Commissioner
Assistant Commissioners are senior officers responsible for community fire safety, service delivery, operational response, operational planning, statutory fire safety and training and development.

Area Manager
Previously senior divisional officer. Responsible for day-to-day management of an area of fire brigade operations or policy.

Group Manager
Previously divisional officer. Responsible for management of a group of fire stations or day-to-day work in a specific policy area.

Station Manager
Previously assistant divisional officer. Responsible for management of a fire station or day-to-day work in a specific policy area.

Watch Manager "B"
Previously station officer. In charge of the watch at larger fire stations. Carries out day-to-day fire fighting and fire safety work or junior work in policy areas.

Watch Manager "A"
Previously sub officer. In charge of the watch at smaller fire stations or the crew of a fire appliance. Carries out day-to-day fire fighting and fire safety work.

Crew Manager
Previously leading firefighter. In charge of the crew of a fire appliance at many stations. Carries out day-to-day fire fighting and fire safety work.

Firefighter
Carries out day-to-day fire fighting and fire safety work.