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Fires and fire deaths down over five years

Last year a total of 36 people died from fire in the capital compared with 47 five years ago. There were 20,770 fires in London last year down by a quarter on 2011/12.


Awards given to firefighters who saved and raised money for Max the husky

More than £8,000 for raised for injured puppy that was run over by a double decker bus.


LFB 150: Remembering the Cutty Sark fire 2007

On this day nine years ago, 100ft. flames engulfed the Cutty Sark while it was undergoing restoration at it's dry dock in Greenwich.


Vauxhall Zafira's recalled again as Brigade attends 120 fires in last four years

Vauxhall Zafira B cars have been recalled for a second time as a "preventative action" due to fire concerns.


Brigade renews appeal for Government to take action on dangerous white goods

Lucky escape from Friday 13th tumble dryer fire


Green champion firefighter honoured to represent WWF at the Queen's 90th birthday celebration

Simon Jakeman has been chosen in recognition of his volunteering work as an Earth Hour ambassador.


LFB 150: 62 years since Covent Garden warehouse fire

At the time, a newspaper called it "one of the biggest fires in central London since the enemy raids of the war".

Dockhead crews move into brand new fire station

'London's Burning' station completely rebuilt


Brixton shop owner handed suspended sentence for breaking fire safety laws

The leaseholder of a food and wine store with a flat above received a two-month suspended prison sentence, after we successfully prosecuted them.


Brigade concerned about heatwave Serpentine swim

Online video highlights the dangers of jumping into water


'Ibiza heatwave' prompts firefighter warnings

Temperatures set to soar this weekend with the hottest day of the year so far.


New Cross Open Day: celebrate Brigade’s 150th anniversary at Europe’s oldest operational fire station

Visitors can enjoy a family fun filled day, packed with free activities on Sunday, 8 May.


New Brigade vehicle prototype gets royal approval

His Royal Highness Prince Charles inspects the prototype for London Fire Brigade’s new fire engines


LFB 150: World’s oldest firefighter celebrated in Brigade’s historic year

At 105-years-old, John "Jack" Corbett served in the fire service during World War II.


Brigade issues open water warning after 13 London water fatalities in last three years

Fire chiefs are warning people to be more ‘water aware’ during Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Week.


Shadwell crews move into brand new fire station

New station for east London will provide firefighters with modern facilities that meet the demands of a 21st century fire and rescue service.


LFB 150: 75th anniversary of largest single loss of fire brigade personnel

On 19 April 1941, the Old Palace School on St Leonard’s Street, was being used as a fire station during the war when it received a direct hit fro


Brigade enters ring with Prince’s Trust for Lambeth boxing project

Unique boxing and firefighting skills course aims to be a knock out with young people.


London Fire Brigade 150th anniversary celebrations at Fulham Fire Station

Fulham Fire Station opens its doors on Saturday 23 April, from 10.30am to 4.30pm for a free fun filled day for the community to celebrate our 150th anniversary and learn life saving fire safety lessons.


Firefighters reach out to victims of domestic violence

Women and young people helped by pioneering new scheme

London Marathon world record attempt by Brigade staff

A London fire engine powered by eight legs will attempt an incredible world record at this year’s London Marathon as part of our 150th celebrations.


Firefighters brand Fire Spray Challenge "stupid and dangerous"

Brigade is concerned that a worrying new trend in the United States may spread to the UK and is asking parents to talk to their children about fire safety.


Celebrating our 150th anniversary at Richmond Fire Station

Richmond Fire Station opens its doors on Saturday, 16 April from 12pm to 4pm for a free fun filled day for the community to celebrate our 150th anniversary and learn life saving fire safety lessons.


Mother and daughter make firefighting history

Katie Holloway has joined Tooting Fire Station - the same station her mother, Station Manager Sally Harper, was first posted to in 1988.


Firefighters save kitten from engine

Tiny black kitten named after firefighter who rescued him

Soho Fire Station kicks off 150th anniversary open day celebrations

Soho Fire Station will be the first to host a Playmobil open day to mark our 150th anniversary.


Brigade supports #Match4Tommy to find donor for firefighter's son

We're backing an urgent appeal for more mixed raced donors as a London Firefighter’s son battles leukaemia.


Exercise Fallen Sky - training with the RAF

More than 100 firefighters teamed up with Royal Air Force Northolt for a training exercise at the former RAF base in Uxbridge on Monday.


Brigade appoints first-ever Young Fire Safety Officer to head up our celebration open days

We’ve recruited their first-ever Young Fire Safety Officer with PLAYMOBIL to launch our open days – lucky 7 year old, Archie Cosaitis.


Purley crews move into brand new station

The brand new building replaces the old station and will provide firefighters with modern facilities that meet the demands of a 21st century fire and rescue service.


Fire Authority approves Budget savings for 2016/17

London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority has approved the Brigade's budget for 2016/17, closing a budget gap of £11.5m.

Developer appointed for Albert Embankment multi million pound makeover

Brigade's museum to return to Albert Embankment


White goods 'time bomb' exposed, warn fire chiefs

Thousands of people could have products such as dishwashers, washing machines, tumble dryers, fridges and freezers that have potentially lethal defects sitting in their kitchens.


LFB 150: One year on since the Battersea Arts Centre fire

Firefighters managed tackle "challenging fire" and save a historic glass dome in the Grade II-listed building.


LFB 150: Remembering Butler's Wharf 1931, the Brigade's coldest fire

A huge fire broke out in a rubber and tea warehouse on this day 85 years ago.


IN PICTURES: Exercise Unified Response

More than 1,000 casualties, thousands of tonnes of rubble, seven tube carriages and hundreds of emergency service responders, Exercise Unified Response has been over a year in the planning.

LFB 150: 27 years since the fatal Purley train crash

Five people were killed and 88 injured when two passenger trains collided in 1989.


Enfield – industrial yard blaze

Firefighters prevent smoke closing sections of the M25


Europe’s biggest ever disaster training exercise begins today

With over 1,000 casualties, thousands of tonnes of rubble, seven tube carriages and hundreds of emergency service responders, Exercise Unified Response has been over a year in the planning.


UK’s first woman firefighter hosts Royal fire safety day at famous Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal presented firefighter Louis Roberts with a certificate for helping educate young people about fire safety at The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre.

LFB 150: Remembering the 1975 Moorgate tube crash

Sunday (28 February) marks 41 years since 43 people were tragically killed in the worst ever accident on the London Underground during peacetime.


Leytonstone crews move into brand new station

The brand new building replaces the old station and will provide firefighters with modern facilities that meet the demands of a 21st century fire and rescue service.


Fatal fire stats spark home smoke alarm warning

New figures show that in two thirds of fatal fires over the past three years smoke alarms have not alerted people to the fire because they haven’t been installed or were fitted too far away from where the fire started.


Official opening of new Orpington fire station

New station officially opened by Bromley mayor


London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service team up for life-saving trial

New initiative will see firefighters in Merton, Wandsworth, Newham and Lambeth respond to around 28 life-threatening emergencies a week.


Tenants offered free alarms after landlords ‘ignore’ new law

We are offering tenants in the capital’s privately rented properties free smoke alarms because it fears some ‘rogue’ landlords are putting lives at risk by ignoring new laws.


Exercise Unified Response launch conference audio clips

The biggest multi-agency exercise in the Brigade's history was successfully launched at a conference at Guildhall, London, on Wednesday 20 January.


Fire Authority to decide on Budget proposals following public consultation

The London Fire Commissioner has today published a report on the Brigade’s budget for 2016/17, which will be discussed by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority on Wednesday, 17 February.

LFB 150: Camden Market Fire 2008

On 9 February 2008, huge fires broke out in London's iconic Camden market. Twenty fire engines were called and 100 firefighters tackled the fire through the night.


LFB 150: Remembering Frederick Davies

Today (5 February 2016) marks 70 years since Fireman Frederick Davies was posthumously awarded the George Cross. He died attempting to save two girls from a fire in Harlesden, north-west London.


Property giant prosecuted after sheltered accommodation blaze

A fire in Sidcup sheltered accommodation block, which injured a 91 year old woman, has led to one of the UK’s largest property service groups being prosecuted by our fire safety and legal teams for breaking fire safety laws.


London Fire Brigade equipment helping to save lives of Syrians

The director of White Helmets visited Old Kent Road Fire Station to thank us for the equipment that we’ve supplied and which has helped them to rescue over 50,000 people


Fatal high rise fire should be 'wake up call' says Judge

Housing manager Lewisham Homes has been fined £40,000 and ordered to pay £23,407 prosecution costs for breaking fire safety laws following a fatal fire in a Deptford tower block in which two women died.


Crew Manager, Victoria, and her firefighter dad make history

Firefighter dad 'proud' of his Crew Manager daughter


LFB 150: 1918 fire remains our darkest day

On the 30 January 1918, seven firefighters tragically lost their lives when a building collapsed following a fire at the Albert Embankment. The tragedy remains the greatest single loss of London firefighters during peacetime.


Leaseholder of ‘fire trap’ pub receives 16 month suspended sentence

The former leaseholder of a Walworth public house has received a 16 month suspended prison sentence for breaking fire safety laws following a successful prosecution by London Fire Brigade.


LFB 150: New book uncovers amazing bravery of Jewish firefighters during the Blitz

Today marks Holocaust Memorial Day and as part of the Brigade’s 150 year celebrations we are championing a new book that documents the bravery of Jewish firefighters in London during the Second World War.


Dagenham crews move into brand new fire station

State-of-the-art building larger appliance bays, a six-storey drill tower for training and publicly accessible areas.


Last chance to get involved in London fire budget consultation

The Chairman of London Fire Authority is reminding Londoners that they still have time to get involved in the public consultation on how the Brigade can make £6.4m of budget savings for 2016/17.

LFB 150: Stephen Maynard remembered 36 years after Limehouse ship blaze

Today firefighters past and present stood to remember Leading Fireman Stephen Maynard who died at a ship fire in Limehouse Basin 36 years ago.


HMS Severn supports our 150th anniversary celebrations

As part of our 150th anniversary celebrations the Royal Navy patrol vessel HMS Severn is arriving in the capital for a four-day visit today.


LFB 150: Tragic Smithfield fire leads to operational changes

Today (23 January) marks 58 years since a fire at Smithfield Market tragically claimed the lives of two firefighters.


Cold snap could lead to more electric heater blazes Brigade warns

New figures released today show that fires caused by electrical heaters have resulted in 12 deaths and nearly 231 injuries over the past five years.


Londoners urged to register appliances as new fire figures released

Over 300 fires a year are caused by white goods and 89 per cent of these are the result of a fault in the appliance or its electrical supply.


LFB150: The day the whale came to London

On this day a decade ago firefighters try to save the life of a whale that got lost and was swimming in the Thames.


Brigade sent to the Tower

We will be staging a major multi-agency training exercise at the Tower of London today (Tuesday 19 January).


Cold snap prompts firefighter ice warning

As the capital braces itself for chilly weather this weekend, we’re warning people to stay at a safe distance away from ice and frozen ponds.


Brigade pays tribute to London’s first post-war black firefighter ahead of ceremonial funeral

Frank Arthur Bailey came to London from Guyana in 1953 and joined West Ham Fire Brigade in 1955.

Noble firefighter rescues unwise owl in Hayes

Owner located of owl rescued by firefighter’s in her first animal rescue


London firefighter recognised in New Year’s Honours for sending ambulances to countries in need

A Chelsea firefighter has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours list for voluntary services to people and animals aboard.


Brigade turns 150

We've announced a year of celebration and fire safety events.

Happy New Year Molly who survived miracle road traffic collision

Firefighters hail her bravery and courage that helped her survive a serious crash in July last year.

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