London Fire Brigade

News releases

16/04/2014

Fire chiefs welcome inclusion of smoke alarm question in housing survey

The London Fire Brigade has welcomed changes to the English Housing Survey Questionnaire which will now include a question asking residents when their smoke alarms were last tested.


15/04/2014

‘Exploding’ e-cig leads to safety warning from Brigade

E-cig fire leads to woman being injured


07/04/2014

Former fire cadet’s funding plea to London businesses

A former fire cadet is calling on local businesses to back the scheme that helped him turn his life around. Without funding, the future of the London Fire Brigade’s cadet scheme is uncertain.


02/04/2014

New West Norwood Fire Station reaches building milestone

Construction of West Norwood’s brand new £4.9 million state-of-the art fire station has reached a milestone with the completion of the main structure of the building now completed.


28/03/2014

Londoners making lethal fire decisions, warns London Fire Brigade

More than three quarters of a million high rise households could be at risk of running into danger according to a new survey by London Fire Brigade.


07/03/2014

Rogue ‘beds in sheds’ landlord guilty of fire safety offences

A landlord who rented out bedsits above a car workshop was ordered to pay £25,000 in fines and costs for breaking fire safety laws.


06/03/2014

Fire chiefs issue urgent warning over latest alcohol inhaling trend

London Fire Brigade has expressed grave fire safety concerns over a new craze to light alcohol above a tea light and inhale the vapour.


28/02/2014

Recycling centre fined for stacking waste 12 times in excess of legal limit

An Orpington recycling centre has been prosecuted by London Fire Brigade for stacking flammable materials 12 times in excess of the size legally allowed.


25/02/2014

Crystal ball sets light to bedroom in Romford

Firefighters are reminding Londoners not to keep glass bottles or ornaments on window sills after a crystal ball set fire to a bedroom in a home in Romford.


24/02/2014

Deliberate fires down by 90 per cent in a decade

Deliberate fires across the capital have dropped by nearly 90 per cent over the last decade, according to new figures released today by London Fire Brigade.


19/02/2014

Firefighter’s safety warning for viewers of The Smoke

Brigade to tweet fire safety tips as programme airs


Chip pan disaster for teenage boy during Chip Week

Unattended chip pan bursts into flames in Putney


17/02/2014

Brigade blames ‘posh chips’ for rise in chip pan fires

The London Fire Brigade today released new figures showing a rise in the number of chip pan fires in the capital. The Brigade believes the rise could be down to the current trend for gourmet chips, such as those that are triple cooked.


15/02/2014

Kenley water treatment works flood response - latest statement

Firefighters continue to work around the clock to prevent the stricken water treatment works at Kenley, near Purley, from flooding


14/02/2014

Brigade assists in national flood response

With the wet weather showing no signs of abating and flooding still affecting many areas of the country, London Fire Brigade has sent help and resources to assist other UK fire and rescue services.


11/02/2014

Brigade offers flood safety advice

London Fire Brigade offers advice on flooding


07/02/2014

Brigade braced for weekend wind

Firefighters in London are prepared for a weekend of windy weather in the capital, with the Met Office predicting gusts of up to 50-60mph on Saturday.


29/01/2014

Brigade sprinklers warning as it announces £100K funding competition

London Fire Chiefs are calling on the capital’s housing providers to install sprinklers to help protect vulnerable residents from fire.


24/01/2014

Fires at their lowest level since records began

The number of fires in London has fallen by a quarter in the last year and by 64 per cent over the last 10 years, which means they are at the lowest level since records began, according to new figures from London Fire Brigade.


10/01/2014

Chicken shop owner gets suspended sentence for breaking fire safety laws

The owner of a fried chicken shop who persistently broke fire safety laws has been handed a four month suspended prison sentence and fined a total of £19,000, following a successful prosecution by London Fire Brigade.


07/01/2014

“Brigade will remain world class and Londoners will still be safe,” says Authority chief, ahead of station closures

With ten London fire stations set to close this Thursday, 9 January, the Chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA), James Cleverly, said today that Londoners will continue to be safe


01/01/2014

Eighth FBU strike ends

The six hour strike staged by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) on New Year’s Eve has now ended.


30/12/2013

Sort out excessive false alarm call outs or pay the penalty, Brigade warns

From Wednesday, 1 January the London Fire Brigade (LFB) will be the first fire service in the country to recover costs from buildings like hospitals, airports and student digs with a poor false alarm record.


26/12/2013

Animal arsonists and magic spells: London's weirdest causes of fire

London Fire Brigade fire investigators have revealed some of the weird and wonderful causes of the blazes they attend in a bid to highlight the importance of fire safety.


24/12/2013

Seventh FBU strike ends

The seventh strike by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) this evening (Tuesday, 24 December) has now ended.


Fire chief concerned about festive fires during strikes

The most senior fire officer in London today expressed concern about house fires during the festive period, following the announcement that members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will be on strike on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.


23/12/2013

Fire chiefs call for action on recycling site after 11 fires

London fire chiefs are asking the Environment Agency to step in after figures reveal repeated 999 call outs to a Orpington recycling centre have cost the Brigade over half a million pounds.


20/12/2013

London fire judicial review ruling

The judicial review which challenged the Fifth London Safety Plan has not been successful.


18/12/2013

Brigade warns Christmas revellers not to lose their keys

‘Locked out’ calls have cost taxpayers nearly £10 million over the last four years, with London’s fire crews attending 28,712 of the calls since April 2009.


16/12/2013

Three further FBU strike dates announced

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced three further strike dates.


14/12/2013

Sixth FBU strike ends

The four hour strike staged by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) this evening (Saturday) has now ended.


13/12/2013

Fifth FBU strike ends

Over the four hour period the Brigade’s 999 control officers received 96 calls. Of these, contingency fire crews attended and successfully dealt with 14 incidents.


Christmas party goers urged to get a takeaway during strikes

London Fire Brigade is asking people to get a takeaway rather than cooking whilst drunk this Friday and Saturday night as the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is on strike.


06/12/2013

Electric heater warning ahead of ‘worst winter in a generation’

New figures released today show that fires caused by electrical heaters have resulted in 11 deaths and nearly 80 injuries over the past five winters.


05/12/2013

Brigade prepares for further strikes

Two further FBU strike dates announced


04/12/2013

Firefighters prevent pet from becoming an ex parrot

Parrot rescued from house fire in Hayes


Fire Brigades Union vote in favour of industrial action short of a strike

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced a majority vote (15,758 of 18,446) for industrial action short of a strike, but have not yet announced when this additional action would take place.


03/12/2013

Fire chiefs urge Christmas shoppers to buy gifts with care

Fire chiefs are warning Christmas shoppers to take extra care this festive season by making sure the gifts they buy their nearest and dearest do not inadvertently put them in danger.


25/11/2013

Muswell Hill landlord fined for putting tenants at risk

A Haringey landlord has been fined a total of £12,520 for flouting fire safety laws in a Muswell Hill house he was renting out


Brigade teams up with housing providers to improve high rise safety

London Fire Brigade has joined forces with housing providers in nine London boroughs as part of its on-going drive to improve its emergency response to fires in the capital’s high rise buildings.


22/11/2013

Cannabis factory fires at an all time high

Cannabis factory fires have more than doubled in the last two years according to new figures released today by London Fire Brigade.


21/11/2013

Fire chiefs express concern over viral video of tea light flower pot heater

With icy weather forecast for the next two weeks, senior officers at the London Fire Brigade have today expressed safety concerns about people taking risks to stay warm, following an online video that shows a man heating his study using tea light candles


14/11/2013

Brigade stages tower block exercise in Barking

London Fire Brigade is staging a training exercise in a Barking tower block to further improve its emergency response to fires in residential high rise buildings.


13/11/2013

Brigade targets stay at home mums during fire strike

The London Fire Brigade is urging the UK’s stay-at-home mums to take care today, during the national Fire Brigades Union strike.


Four hour strike ends

Contingency firefighters deal with two fires affecting people's homes


06/11/2013

Bonfire Night 2013 quietest on record as call outs continue to fall

The London Fire Brigade has said that this year’s Bonfire Night was the quietest on record, with just 119 fires in the capital during the whole of 5th November.


05/11/2013

Contingency fire crews ready as fourth strike announced

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) have announced a further strike on Wednesday, 13 November between 10am and 2pm.


04/11/2013

End of two hour Fire Brigades Union strike

During today’s two hour Fire Brigades Union (FBU) strike the Brigade’s contingency crews attended a fire in a block of flats on Saint Leonards Street in Bromley by Bow.


02/11/2013

London Fire Brigade statement following the FBU strike on 1 November 2013

This dispute is between the FBU and government about changes to firefighter pensions, but London Fire Brigade is responsible for providing a contingency fire service to the capital when strike action is taken.


01/11/2013

Striking FBU staff recalled to duty

Due to an on-going major incident in Dagenham all striking FBU staff who would normally be on duty are immediately being recalled to their fire stations under the terms of the agreed Recall to Duty Procedure.


Fire Commissioner stands by recall of crews

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: “The large fire in Dagenham is on-going and has been declared a major incident.


30/10/2013

Holy smoke

An iron caused a fire in a flat in Walworth at the weekend after a family accidentally left it on when they went to church on Sunday, say fire investigators from the London Fire Brigade.


Cancel your amateur firework displays on “strike Friday” warns Brigade

London Fire Brigade is asking people to cancel their amateur firework displays this Friday and attend organised displays instead because of the national Fire Brigades Union strike.


29/10/2013

London Fire Brigade receives 412 emergency calls as superstorm sweeps the capital

The London Fire Brigade said today that it received more than 13 times the usual number of calls for a Monday morning at the height of the superstorm, St Jude.


25/10/2013

Brigade urges caution with fireworks ahead of FBU strike

Next FBU strike to fall ahead of Bonfire Night and Diwali


London fire chiefs urge caution ahead of ‘biggest storm since 1987’

London Fire Brigade is urging Londoners to take care as the capital is expected to be hit with heavy rain and winds that could reach up to 80mph.


24/10/2013

Flat blaze started by ‘cooked camera’

A digital camera that had been hidden inside an oven caused a fire last week when a man went to cook his dinner, not realising the camera was inside.


18/10/2013

Strictly and X Factor viewers urged to take care during strike

As well as Strictly Come Dancing and the X Factor, this Saturday night, 19 October, will also see the second national firefighter strike over a dispute with Government over pensions.


Saturday's firefighters' strike cancelled

The London Fire Brigade has had official confirmation that the Fire Brigades Union strike planned for Saturday, 19 October has been called off


16/10/2013

Fire chiefs slam food blogger for promoting cooking when ‘hosed’

London Fire Brigade is reminding people that they should stay out of the kitchen after a few too many, following the recent publication of an article, ‘How to whisk up a mean pissed pasta,’ in the Evening Standard.


Brigade partners up to tackle beds in sheds blazes

London Fire Brigade has joined forces with the Gangmasters Licensing Authority to help drive down fires in ‘beds in sheds’ and other unsafe sleeping accommodation.


11/10/2013

“There’s a spider on my pillow!” London Fire Brigade reveals its strangest 999 calls

In a continued bid to drive down non-emergency calls, the London Fire Brigade has revealed the strangest calls to its 999 Control centre.


London Fire Chief: We’re as prepared as ever for strike

Ron Dobson, the London Fire Commissioner, today said that the London Fire Brigade is prepared for further strike action from the Fire Brigades’ Union.


08/10/2013

Brigade issues fire safety warning after chicken shop prosecuted

London Fire Brigade says the prosecution of a Croydon chicken shop owner handed a 15 month suspended prison sentence for flouting fire safety laws should serve as a stark warning to business owners and landlords.


01/10/2013

Tough new penalties for non-emergency lift rescues

London Fire Brigade has today announced that councils and businesses will face tough new penalties if they persistently call 999 to deal with non-emergency lift call outs.


25/09/2013

End of four hour firefighter strike

During today’s four hour firefighter strike the London Fire Brigade received eighty four 999 calls and Emergency Fire Contingency Crews (EFCC) attended eight incidents in the capital.


23/09/2013

Take extra care warning issuing as national fire brigades union strike looms

Ahead of the national Fire Brigades Union (FBU) strike, London Fire Brigade is reassuring Londoners that it will be responding to 999 calls throughout the four hour walk-out on Wednesday, 25 September but says it wants people to take extra care


19/09/2013

Brigade launches #safetyselfie campaign

The London Fire Brigade has launched an innovative social media safety campaign aimed at preventing fires and saving lives.


17/09/2013

Brigade prepared as date for national fire strike announced

Following today’s announcement of strike action by the Fire Brigades Union the London Fire Brigade says it is ready and prepared to respond with a contingency level of fire and rescue service during the industrial action.


12/09/2013

Fire Authority votes to approve proposals on future of capital’s fire service

London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority has voted to approve the final version of the draft fifth London Safety Plan (LSP5)


06/09/2013

Off duty firefighters save heart attack victim’s life

Two off duty firefighters, helped save the life of a football fan who collapsed after a Charlton game at The Valley on Saturday (31 August)


Restaurant owner loses appeal against fine for fire safety offences

A former boss of a Hounslow restaurant has lost his appeal against a £10,800 fine for eight breaches of fire safety regulations.


29/08/2013

Capital’s fire service gears up for firefighter strike

London Fire Brigade said today it is ready and prepared to deal with a firefighter strike, following the announcement that 78 per cent of Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU) members who took part in the ballot have voted in favour of strike action.


28/08/2013

Hoax calls drop as phone boxes gather dust, says London Fire Brigade

Hoax calls made to the London Fire Brigade’s 999 control centre have dropped by 48 per cent in the last seven years, Brigade officials said today.


22/08/2013

Brigade visits prevent five thousand fires in London

New research released today by the London Fire Brigade shows that vulnerable people are 18 times less likely to have a fire if they receive a home fire safety visit from firefighters.


16/08/2013

Firefighter cat rescues may soon be thing of the past, says Brigade

Firefighters rescuing cats from trees may soon be a thing of the past, said the London Fire Brigade today, after new figures revealed that animal rescues in the capital had fallen by over half.


14/08/2013

Fire engines removed to prepare for possible pensions strike

London Fire Brigade said today that 27 fire engines have been temporarily removed from fire stations across London as part of the Brigade’s contingency plan to prepare for a potential strike over firefighter pensions by the Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU).


08/08/2013

Fire station rebuild programme gets underway

Work on a major construction programme which will see nine of the capital’s ageing fire stations being rebuilt is set to get underway from September.


07/08/2013

Mirror sets curtains on fire while residents are on holiday

Home in Enfield damaged after vanity mirror magnifies and focuses suns rays while family are away on holiday.


05/08/2013

Mayor’s direction on London Safety Plan

The Mayor has issued a direction to London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) to adopt and publish the final Fifth London Safety Plan as presented by London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson on Thursday, 18 July


29/07/2013

Number of people trapped in objects like handcuffs and toilet seat rises

Brigade says incidents involving handcuffs, toilet seats and electrical items went up last year


22/07/2013

Fire Chiefs issue air conditioner warning

With a long, hot summer predicted, fire chiefs are warning businesses to check their air conditioning systems are in good working order following two blazes caused by poorly maintained units in a week.


Following forest fires firefighters focus on flash floods

After dealing with a huge increase in grass and forest fires, London’s firefighters are now on flood alert after the Met Office issued a ‘yellow alert’ severe weather warning for the capital tonight and into tomorrow.


Grass fires increase to 29 a day

London firefighters have attended an average of 29 grass fires a day this July (1-21). The total number of grass fires for that period is 613 - seven times higher than last year. The busiest day was last Monday, (15 July) with 52 grass fires attended.


19/07/2013

Firefighters dealing with worst grass fires since 2006

London’s firefighters had a busy day yesterday dealing with a spate of grass fires across London, the worst since the summer of 2006.


17/07/2013

Brigade concerned as grass fires double

Firefighters are dealing with twice as many grass fires in London compared with last year


11/07/2013

Dry grass could lead to ashes heartache this summer Brigade warns

The hot weather may be great for the cricket between England and Australia but London firefighters are dealing with 15 grass fires every day which could rise unless people act responsibly.


10/07/2013

Commissioner publishes latest proposals on future of capital's fire service

The London Fire Commissioner has today published revised proposals for the future of the capital’s fire and rescue service, which will now be discussed by the Fire Authority on Thursday, 18 July.


07/07/2013

London crews scoop multiple awards at top rescue competition

London crews take home top prize in several award categories at UK Rescue Challenge


05/07/2013

Brigade issues candle warning after EastEnders blaze

After another explosive edition of EastEnders, London Fire Brigade is reminding people that mixing candles and too much alcohol can lead to disaster.


04/07/2013

Brigade in barbecue blaze warning ahead of heat wave

Following four barbecue blazes in the capital during last Sunday’s hot weather, the London Fire Brigade has issued an urgent ‘barbecue blaze’ warning.


28/06/2013

Smoke alarms are essential warns London Fire Brigade

Following a national media story about children sleeping through the sound of smoke alarms the London Fire Brigade is stressing the importance of smoke alarms and teaching children about the dangers of fire.


27/06/2013

London Fire Commissioner's comment on Government Spending Review

Speaking on the Chancellor’s announcement, London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: “It’s essential government recognise that the fire and rescue service needs a level of protection


26/06/2013

Sprinklers prevent serious school blaze

London Fire Brigade say that a Carshalton school’s sprinkler system played a vital role in helping to limit the damage when a fire broke out in a classroom yesterday (Monday).


15/06/2013

Deputy Commissioner Rita Dexter awarded OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Rita was awarded the medal for her distinguished contribution to local government and the fire and rescue service over the last 35 years.


10/06/2013

Rhino fundraiser offered BBQ lesson by fire crews

London Fire Brigade is offering to give fire safety advice to a barbecue-a-day fundraiser after pictures of him cooking caused concern.


Last chance to get involved in fire consultation

London Fire Commissioner is reminding Londoners that they still have time to get involved in the public consultation on the future of the London Fire Brigade.


28/05/2013

Brigade pledges to take lead on high rise safety following Lakanal inquest

London Fire Brigade has today pledged to play a leading role in promoting a wider understanding of fire safety among high rise residents.


21/05/2013

London Fire Brigade comment about Oklahoma tornado

Capital's fire crews highly trained to deal with large-scale rescue operations


17/05/2013

Fire Commissioner response to report into fire and rescue services

Commissioner welcomes opportunity to feed into report


14/05/2013

Firefighters stage ‘limo chop’ in Covent Garden to highlight dangers of illegal limousines

The London Fire Brigade has joined forces with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), Transport for London (TfL) and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in a bid to make people more vigilant when hiring a limousine.


09/05/2013

Brigade plans to recoup false alarm cost from culprits

Hospitals could face £700,00 bill


08/05/2013

Brigade gets FIRED-uP about greener vehicle fleet

London Fire Brigade has joined forces with Ghent Fire Brigade in Belgium in a project designed to make both fire and rescue services greener.


01/05/2013

Former health spa boss gets suspended prison sentence for flouting fire safety laws

The former owner and retired director of a Clapham health spa has been handed a four month suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay £30,000 court costs for breaking fire safety laws.


25/04/2013

Ten care home fires a week prompts Brigade sprinklers call

New figures released by London Fire Brigade reveal that there are more than ten fires a week in the capital’s care homes and sheltered accommodation.


23/04/2013

Brigade’s social media reduces young professionals’ fires

New figures released today by the London Fire Brigade show that young professionals are having two fewer fires a week since the Brigade started using social media to share vital fire safety advice with the public.


19/04/2013

Newborn foal “Steve” saved from river ordeal

London Fire Brigade said today that a newborn baby foal was rescued by its specially trained firefighters this morning from the River Lea in Essex after being trapped in the water by 12 foot banks overnight.


18/04/2013

Brigade issues ‘beauty blaze’ warning after hairdryer fire

Firefighters highlight fires caused by mirrors, candles, straighteners and hairdryers.


05/04/2013

Four million see Facebook straighteners photo

London Fire Brigade said today that over four million people – half of the population of London – have seen an image of a set of burnt hair straighteners it posted on its Facebook page yesterday.


04/04/2013

Londoners invited to attend public meetings on future of Brigade

Londoners are being urged to attend public meetings to have their say on the future of the capital’s fire service.


28/03/2013

Lakanal inquests verdict: Commissioner's statement

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: “This was a tragic fire and I would like to express my personal sadness and offer condolences from all at the London Fire Brigade to the families and loved ones of those who died on 3 July 2009.


22/03/2013

Car wash blaze exposes “beds in sheds deathtrap”

Six people, including two young children, were ‘lucky to escape with their lives’ after the blaze broke out on Wednesday night in the car wash immediately below their unsafe living accommodation.


13/03/2013

Landlord receives suspended prison sentence for breaking fire safety laws

A landlord who rented out rooms in a disused Kentish Town pub has received a suspended prison sentence and ordered to carry out 100 hours of community service for breaking fire safety laws.


04/03/2013

Public chance to have their say on fire brigade proposals

The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority is today launching a public consultation on its Draft Fifth London Safety Plan, which outlines how the Authority will continue to keep Londoners safe over the next three years.


28/01/2013

Fire chiefs warn night club owners ‘no room for complacency’ in wake of Brazil tragedy

231 people killed in nightclub fire over weekend


21/01/2013

Firefighters in ice warning after three rescued from London lakes

Two men and a child rescued from frozen lakes


Fire Authority votes on Draft Fifth London Safety Plan

Members of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority met today (Monday, 21 January) to discuss the draft Fifth London Safety Plan.


17/01/2013

Firefighters urge caution during 'arctic blast'

Serious fires caused by Londoners taking 'extreme measures' to keep warm


11/01/2013

London Fire Brigade publishes savings proposals

The Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade has published proposals for the Draft Fifth London Safety Plan..


05/01/2013

Drying clothes by barbecue leaves six people in hospital

Six people including four young children were taken to hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning after a woman used a barbecue indoors to dry her clothes.


04/01/2013

New report calls for safer fridge freezers

Modern fridges and freezers are the ‘most dangerous household appliance when involved in a fire’, according to a new report from the London Fire Brigade (LFB).


29/12/2012

London Fire Brigade’s Gary Reason named in New Year Honours List

He receives the Queen's Fire Service Medal


26/12/2012

Joss stick warning after six children injured at Christmas Day blaze

Eight people, including six young children, rescued by crews from Christmas Day blaze


18/12/2012

Brigade to lead way on emergency tweets

Brigade looks into how Twitter could be used in the future


13/12/2012

Firefighters offer to fix Coldplay Chris’s kitchen nightmares

London firefighters have today pledged to ‘fix’ Coldplay’s Chris Martin after his wife Gwyneth Paltrow revealed his cooking disasters have twice led to 999 call outs.


04/12/2012

Shard provides training backdrop for firefighters

Fire evacuation exercise to take place on Sunday 9th December


03/12/2012

Electric heaters causing a fire a day, warn fire chiefs

With temperatures in the capital set to drop below freezing this weekend, fire chiefs are issuing a warning as new figures show that electric heaters cause around one fire a day in London during winter.


28/11/2012

Brigade says troublesome fire alarm systems could cost £1m

London fire chiefs said today that the capital’s worst culprits for false fire alarms, including hospitals and universities, could face a bill of over a million pounds each year.


13/11/2012

94 year old woman saved by Brigade-fitted alarm

Specialist alarm saves woman from fire


London Fire Brigade appoints Babcock to manage 999 fleet

Babcock International Group will manage and maintain Brigade's fleet of fire engines and specialist equipment on an interim basis.


08/11/2012

Bonfire Night breaks records for second year running

Bonfire Night 2012 saw the smallest number of fires across the capital since records began, according to preliminary figures from the London Fire Brigade.


05/11/2012

Firefighters issue Bonfire Night warning after firework causes house blaze

Stray firework burns loft of house in Dalston


29/10/2012

Bonfire Night fires down but more common sense needed

Bonfire Night fires have dropped by two-thirds over the last five years, according to new figures released today by London Fire Brigade.


22/10/2012

999 hoax calls reach ten year low

New figures released today by the London Fire Brigade reveal that the number of hoax calls attended each year by the capital’s firefighters has fallen by 83 per cent over the last decade.


20/10/2012

London Firefighter named 'Firefighter of the Year'

A London firefighter has seen off tough competition from fire and rescue services across the UK to be named ‘Firefighter of the Year’ at the prestigious Spirit of Fire Awards.


15/10/2012

Road accidents at all time low ahead of biggest ever rescue competition

The number of road traffic accidents attended by the capital’s fire crews is at the lowest level in over 25 years, according to new figures released by the London Fire Brigade today.


08/10/2012

Hospitals worst for unnecessary fire call outs

Hospitals in London are the biggest culprits when it comes to calling firefighters to false alarms, according to the London Fire Brigade’s top 10 list released today.


03/10/2012

Two men rescued from Thornton Heath "beds in sheds" blaze

Two men were rescued from an outbuilding being used as a bedsit in Melfort Road, Thornton Heath last night.


02/10/2012

New figures highlight Brigade's "beds in sheds" concern

New figures released today by London Fire Brigade reveal the full life threatening extent of fires in “beds in sheds” and other buildings that should not be being lived in.


26/09/2012

Blipp the Brigade

London Fire Brigade first public body to use ‘virtual augmented reality’


19/09/2012

West Hampstead firefighters' cottages up for sale

Four disused, Grade II listed cottages at the rear of West Hampstead Fire Station may be brought back into use to help London’s housing shortage, according to a new report published this week.


18/09/2012

Celebrity hair salon fined for ignoring fire safety laws

A West End hair salon, owned by celebrity hairdresser Daniel Hersheson, has been ordered to pay £40,000 in fines and costs for ignoring fire safety laws, following a successful prosecution by London Fire Brigade.


17/09/2012

Deliberate fires dramatically decrease over the last decade

Deliberate fires across the capital have dropped by four-fifths over the last decade, according to new figures released today by London Fire Brigade.


14/09/2012

Firefighters embark on record breaking 'Limo chop' to save lives

Firefighters to chop roofs off limos and stretch Hummers in preparation for World Rescue Challange 2012


11/09/2012

New guidance for care workers to help reduce monthly fire deaths

For the first time care workers across the country are to be given new advice in a bid to cut fire deaths by helping them spot the tell tale signs of someone who is at high risk of having a fire.


03/09/2012

Fires in the Capital Lowest Since '66 - New Figures

The number of fires in London has more than halved over the last decade and is now at its lowest point since records began in 1966, according to new figures from the London Fire Brigade.


24/08/2012

Firefighters save ten builders in dramatic high rise rescue

Builders rescued from 22nd floor contractors' lift


22/08/2012

London Fire Brigade issues warning to amateur cooks after series of kitchen fires

Three kitchen fires in one day sparks warning from LFB


15/08/2012

Seven lives saved at Lewisham flat fire

Nine people taken to hospital after fire.


09/08/2012

Olympic BBQ warning after Kiwi House fire

With thousands of Olympic fans set to fire up their BBQs this weekend as temperatures in the capital reach their highest of the Games, the London Fire Commissioner is reminding potential garden-chefs to take extra care.


02/08/2012

Training firefighters save trapped boy's leg

Firefighters rescue boy from lake


26/07/2012

Fire chief: Take care with Olympic booze and barbecues

London Fire Commissioner reminds people to take care when celebrating the 2012 Games


13/07/2012

Quick thinking Wembley fire crew help save two lives in half an hour

Quick thinking firefighters returning from a routine fire safety inspection helped to save two lives in the space of 30 minutes on Wembley High Road last week.


09/07/2012

Animal rescues rise by 60 per cent across London

Animal rescues have shot up by almost 60 per cent over the past six years


28/06/2012

Funding call as fire youth scheme celebrates 10 years

Today the London Fire Brigade’s flagship youth scheme celebrates 10 years of changing young peoples’ lives with a birthday wish for more external funding.


20/06/2012

Heart attack victim saved by off-duty firefighter

Hornsey firefighter to be awarded for his life saving actions


18/06/2012

Bedroom damaged by beauty mirror blaze

Magnified mirror concentrates sun's rays and causes fire


11/06/2012

Firefighters on June flood alert

28 flooding incidents so far today


09/06/2012

Fire chief tells Euro 2012 fans to eat away from home

England fans are being told to get a takeaway on their way home from the pub during Euro 2012 rather than cooking at home and risking burning down their house.


06/06/2012

Off duty firefighter saves man from ‘fireball’ car

Trainee firefighter saves man's life at serious road traffic collision


30/05/2012

Planning a Jubilee knees up?

Millions of people will be celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this weekend and London’s firefighters are reminding people to take care to ensure their celebrations don’t go with a bang.


29/05/2012

Firefighters attending one 'locksmith job' every hour

Public urged to call a locksmith, not 999, if there is not a genuine emergency


28/05/2012

Poppadom blaze damages Tooting takeaway

Tooting restaurant damaged by poppadom fire


21/05/2012

Chicken incubator causes bungalow blaze

Lamp on homemade chicken incubator causes bungalow blaze


09/05/2012

Fire chiefs urge Olympic renters to keep guests safe

London fire chiefs are writing to letting agents advising them to ensure that home-owners cashing in on the Olympics do not fall foul of fire safety laws and put lives at risk.


01/05/2012

Capital’s firefighters on flood alert

Firefighters advise people to stay well away from moving water


24/04/2012

Tottenham firefighters make wish come true for boy with cancer

Boy with cancer meets Tottenham firefighters and fireman Sam


16/04/2012

Firefighters in dramatic bulldozer rescue

Bulldozer plunges 40 feet down into water filled quarry pit


13/04/2012

Carshalton seagull incident

Seagull incident had nothing to do with health and safety concerns.


12/04/2012

Major Canning Town blaze caused by cigarette

Fire at industrial estate left thousands of homes without power


05/04/2012

Brigade shares Olympic firefighting plans

The London Fire Brigade has confirmed that it has a sufficient number of firefighters volunteering to work extra hours during the Olympics to fulfil all its commitments for providing fire cover on the Olympic Park during this summer’s Games.


30/03/2012

Cigarette warning following flat blaze

Flat blaze following night time toilet break


Brigade warning after woman suffers burns in York kitchen fuel fire

London Fire Brigade is urging people thinking of storing fuel to take extreme care and follow safety guidelines after a woman suffered serious burns when she tried to decant petrol in her home


29/03/2012

Fire chiefs call for petrol can labelling

London Fire Brigade is urging businesses to place warnings on both websites and petrol cans – some known as Jerry cans - so that people don’t accidentally fall foul of the law.


28/03/2012

London Fire Brigade advice on storing petrol

Advice on storing petrol at home


Prevent grass fires during warm spell

March grass fire warning


Two injured by exploding homemade lava lamp

Brigade warns about dangers of lava lamps and unattended pans


19/03/2012

Brigade announces partner for station rebuild programme

London Fire Brigade has announced its PFI partner for a construction programme which will see nine of its ageing fire stations rebuilt to provide facilities fit for the 21st century


15/03/2012

Fire Authority votes to outsource 999 Control centre

Members of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority have today agreed to outsource the London Fire Brigade’s 999 control and mobilising service.


07/03/2012

Firefighters save parts of Golden Hinde from water damage

Firefighters pump water away from replica of Francis Drake's war ship.


@LondonFire gets gold for bonfire night safety campaign

A Bonfire Night safety campaign by the London Fire Brigade has won a gold award at the prestigious Fresh Public Relations Awards.


05/03/2012

London Fire Brigade seeks corporate funding for youth scheme

The London Fire Brigade is today calling on businesses to follow The Co-operative’s lead and help fund its flagship youth scheme.


02/03/2012

Londoners safer than ever after shift changes

A new report from the London Fire Brigade shows that since the introduction of new start and finish times for firefighters, Londoners are safer than ever before.


29/02/2012

Brigade issues heater warning following kids' bedroom blaze

Toddler taken to hospital following bedroom fire.


23/02/2012

£7.5 million rebuild for Walthamstow fire station

London Fire Brigade has reinforced its commitment to providing the capital with a first class fire and rescue service by investing £7.5 million in a major fire station rebuilding project.


20/02/2012

Young people in Tottenham offered firefighting experience

Unemployed young people in Tottenham, where last summer’s riots started, will today begin a new week-long firefighting course which will give them the skills to get into training, education or the workplace.


16/02/2012

London officer is UK's highest-ranking operational woman firefighter

Brigade's Dany Cotton accepts Assistant Commissioner role.


10/02/2012

Fire chiefs issue warning after spate of rescues

Fire chiefs have today issued a warning for people to keep themselves and their pets away from frozen lakes, rivers and ponds after firefighters were called to a spate of rescues over the last week.


08/02/2012

Firefighters called to hen do candle blaze

Woman injured by candle at central London hen do.


Hotel owner fined in landmark fire safety trial

A hotel owner has paid the price for ignoring fire safety laws and been hit with a £210,000 fine following a successful prosecution by London Fire Brigade.


03/02/2012

Firefighters urge caution during ‘severe cold weather’

Capital's firefighters urge caution during freezing weather.


01/02/2012

Brigade’s new control open ready for Olympics

The transformation of a potential white elephant into a hub for the capital’s 999 fire response service will be officially recognised on Wednesday 1 February when fire minister Bob Neill, MP opens a new London Fire Brigade operations centre in Merton.


31/01/2012

Brigade saves millions by reducing false alarm call outs

Capital's fire crews called out to false fire alarms every ten minutes.


26/01/2012

Joint fire and ambulance stations could save millions, says fire authority

The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority will today discuss a report suggesting that millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money could be saved by sharing more fire stations with the ambulance service.


23/01/2012

Brigade calls for action on "beds in sheds"

London Fire Brigade is calling for a spotlight to be shone on the growing problem of the capital’s fire trap “hidden housing.”


10/01/2012

One school fire every day of term prompts sprinklers call

New figures released by London Fire Brigade show that last year, there was one fire every three days in the capital’s schools, colleges and nurseries - the equivalent of one fire for nearly every school day.


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