London's Fire Brigade is officially 'excellent' according to the Audit Commission, which you have to admit is great news and fantastically reassuring.
Now all London needs is a safe pair of hands to keep it on course. So who did Boris choose for that again? Ah yes here he is:
So what's Brian Coleman got to say for himself after nine months in the job? Does he think he's done well?
"I am very pleased that our determined leadership of LFEPA has been recognised by the Audit Commission. It reflects political leadership that I have shown at the Fire Authority since the election of a Conservative administration at City Hall last May."
Okay so let's have a look at the actual report shall we. What does it really say about that new leadership?
Well first of all it's very pleased with the current Commissioner Ron Dobson. Dobson, who was appointed during the previous administration is apparently:
"a strong and visible leader. He inspires the confidence of staff, unions and Authority members and this helps to drive organisational change.
"The Commissioner is highly regarded by staff. He inspires their confidence and trust. This has helped achieve changes such as introducing performance-related pay that would have been difficult in the past."
Excellent. Sounds like the right man for the job. So how about our new man in the Chair? How does the Audit Commission rate him?
"The Chairman is robust and challenging but staff and some external stakeholders find his style too confrontational."
Too confrontational. Could that cause some problems?
"Implementation of the Operational Efficiency Programme in 2009/10 represents significant organisational change in areas such as shift patterns, resting arrangements and station work routines. The programme is likely to test industrial relations and need good, agile leadership to take staff forward and drive through such challenging changes."
Oh well. At least we've still got the Commissioner right?