Capita - Secure Outsource Contract With London Fire Brigade
It has been confirmed that outsource giant capita have secured a contract with the London Fire Brigade Authority which will see them handle 999 Emergency calls.
The London Mayor’s fire chief Brian Coleman said, “This is a win-win situation for Londoners. Outsourcing the Brigade’s 999 control centre will mean people in the capital benefit from a new, high-tech system that will mobilise our firefighters to incidents even more quickly and this will be done at less cost.”
The Fire Brigade’s Union claim that “the safety of Londoners is being jeopardised” and have warned that yesterday’s deal with Capita could lead to similar problems with the 999 service.
A spokesperson for the FBU commented, “There are some things that should be beyond privatisation, and this is one of them. The profit motive has no place in the delivery of frontline emergency services… The staff of the London Fire Brigade are against this move, and I’m sure Londoners will oppose it too. It is a step too far.”
22nd March 2012