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Firefighters rescue Ken the kitten

Firefighters rescue ‘Ken’ the kitten who was trapped in a gap a few inches wide between a brick wall and a shop front in Forest Gate.


Remembering fallen West Indian service personnel

Our firefighters rtook part in an annual march and memorial service held for the tens of thousands of fallen African and Caribbean military servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Big hearted firefighters get schools defibrillator protected

A group of our big hearted London firefighters have started a charity which is campaigning for schools to be defibrillator protected.


Firefighters reunited with toddler they saved

A group of firefighters have been reunited with a toddler whose life they saved after she nearly drowned in the bath.


Brigade warns private landlords about the risk of ignoring new safety law

Landlords without smoke alarms risk a fine


Newham Mayor to open Plaistow fire station

New state-of-the-art station set to officially open

Major training exercise at HMP Pentonville

London Fire Brigade held a major training exercise at HMP Pentonville in Islington today (Wednesday, 30 September).


Landlord of 'fire trap' Brick Lane pub hit with £30,000 fine

Koyser Khan, of Buckinhamshire, also received a four month suspended prison sentence for breaking fire safety laws.


Over 50s most vulnerable to avoidable fire deaths Brigade warns

New figures released today show that over 90 per cent of people who died in accidental house fires were over 50 years of age.


Landlord gets suspended prison sentence for safety failures at double fatal fire

A landlord has received a six month suspended jail sentence and been ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service for breaking fire safety laws which contributed to the deaths of two people at a fatal fire in a Walthamstow property he rented out.


Renewed sprinklers call for care homes after Croydon man cheats death

A Croydon man’s life was saved thanks to a sprinkler system that had recently been installed in his sheltered accommodation on the advice of London Fire Brigade.


Try a takeaway instead of cooking drunk during Rugby World Cup

Firefighters are urging rugby fans to kick their drunken cooking into touch and try a takeaway instead of risking a kitchen fire under the influence of alcohol.


George Cross firefighter remembered 75 years to the day of heroic rescue

On this day 75 years ago a considerable act of bravery by Auxiliary Fireman Harry Errington led him to becoming the only firefighter to receive the George Cross during the Second World War.


Firefighter Mat's 'amazing' bake off adventure comes to an end

Firefighter Mat Riley has gone from baking a few cakes for his watch to showing his talents in front of millions.


Last chance to visit the museum before big move

Members of the public have the opportunity to browse our historic collection of artefacts, vehicles and memorabilia as part of Open House London on Saturday, 19 September.


Brigade walked side by side with Children’s burns charity

Brigade walked the (Monopoly) streets of London to support burned and injured children.


Wrong charger warning after e-cig causes Camden flat fire

Fire investigators issue reminder to use the correct chargers with electronic devices.


Annual Macmillan opening day at Islington Fire Station

For the tenth year running Islington Fire Station raised money for charity.


A firefighters passage to India

Parvinder Singh will visit schools in South Asia to teach pupils and teachers about first aid and lifesaving skills.

Education officer's daughter stars in heart warming John Lewis advert

Bunny May appears as the gawky dancing star of the retailers new insurance advert.


Think twice before calling 999 for animal rescues

Cat lovers told to 'paws for thought' before dialling 999.


Museum’s fire safety sessions this August

Run out of ideas of what to do with the children at the back end of summer? Then come along to one of our special museum open days.


Day with firefighters for 6 year old Holborn letter boy

Thomas was shown how firefighters train, given a tour of a fire station and enjoyed a visit on our fire boat.


Brigade staff help veterans celebrate VJ Day

Staff helped veterans, who were unable to make the parade journey walking, due to lack of mobility, but wanted to participate with the aid of a wheelchair.


Explosion in Tianjin China – London Fire Commissioner’s statement

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson on last week’s explosion in Tianjin, North East China.


Chelsea firefighter setting world of men's fashion alight

Tomiwa Adeosun, who is on the white watch, graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Fashion Menswear Footwear

Ace firefighters demonstrate skills at famous café

Firefighters will be demonstrating their skills at a road safety awareness day at the world famous Ace Café London on Friday.


Brigade triumphs at UK Rescue Challenge 2015

Our trauma team won a place to represent the UK at next year's World Rescue Challenge in Brazil


Shoreditch firefighters praised by London Ambulance Service

Crew rushed to help unconscious man found in the street outside the station.


London's most dangerous hour for fires revealed

Newly released data highlights 7pm as the busiest hour for fires


Firefighters wheat bag warning after woman left hospitalised

Firefighters are warning about the dangers of wheat bags being overheated or left unattended after one caused a recent fire on Whitton Avenue West in Greenford.


Londoners get charged up about electrical dangers

Members of the public have shared pictures of the close calls they’ve experienced using counterfeit and wrong chargers with their electrical devices. The images show how their plugs have exploded but thankfully not caused a blaze.


Old Kent Road fire station officially opened by Mayor of Southwark

The new Old Kent Road fire station was officially opened yesterday (Thursday 23 July) by Mayor of Southwark Councillor Dora Dixon-Fyle.


Landlords urged to snap up free alarms ahead of new life saving fire law

New legislation will mean rental properties must have smoke alarms on every floor.


Dudgeon’s Wharf disaster remembered

Today marks the 46th anniversary of the greatest single loss of London firefighters since the war.


Brigade's heritage secured as proposals for new museum unveiled

The museum will go back to its original location at the listed former headquarters on Albert Embankment.


Two jailed after Wood Green pub declared ‘potential death trap’

The former manager and leaseholder of a Wood Green public house have been jailed for nearly six months for breaking fire safety laws following a successful prosecution by London Fire Brigade.


Orpington crews move into new fire station

Orpington’s brand new fire station opened yesterday, Wednesday 1st July.


Major ‘Blue Light’ training exercise

Inter agency training day


London’s firefighters more equipped than ever to deal with another 7/7

London Fire Commissioner says that firefighters are better equipped than ever to deal with another 7/7 as the Brigade reflects on the changes it has made 10 years on.


Brigade to simulate train crash in major training exercise in Bromley

Around 250 emergency service staff and volunteers will take part.


Firefighters call on carers to prevent avoidable fire deaths

New figures published in Carers’ Week shows that nearly half of the people who died in fires last year were in receipt of care.


Sunlight blamed for blaze, as Brigade message is seen by over eight million

A garden terrace in Balham was destroyed by a sunlight blaze in the same week as a Brigade Facebook post warning of the dangers has gone viral.


Massey Shaw open day success

Lambeth River Fire Station hosted the Massey Shaw open day last weekend.


Fire station electric vehicle charge points go live

Publically available electric vehicle charge points at selected London Fire Brigade fire stations go live today.


Firefighter Ken, 50 years man and boy

Ken Davies has completed 50 years at London Fire Brigade and he’s not finished yet.

Plaistow crews move into new fire station

Plaistow’s brand new fire station opened today, Thursday, 4 June.


#InsideOKR: Old Kent Road’s brand new fire station

Old Kent Road's brand new fire station opened in March - here's an exclusive look behind the scenes.


New Mitcham fire station officially opened

Mayor of Merton unveils a station fit for 21st century

Firefighter delivers baby girl yards from Battersea fire station

A firefighter turned midwife when he delivered a baby girl just yards from Battersea fire station.

Special lecture on 'Operation Dynamo' to be held at Brigade museum next month

The Massey Shaw fireboat was part of the rescue mission of thousands of trapped soldiers from the beaches surrounding Dunkirk.


Fire deaths cut in half

Fire deaths in the capital have been cut in half over the last five years, according to new figures released.


Candle safety can't be 'dressed up' warns Brigade

Safer standards for children's dressing up clothes only part of the solution


Crews pay 103 year-old Diana surprise birthday visit

Crews from our Stanmore fire station had a surprise in store for Harrow resident Diana Gould when they turned up in a fire engine to wish her a happy 103rd birthday.


Fire Cadets join Dunkirk commemorations

Fire Cadets meet 96 year old Dunkirk veteran Bill Holliday


Call for businesses to follow Sainsbury’s sprinklers lead after depot fire

London fire chiefs say that Sainsbury’s sprinklers helped prevent potentially devastating damage to its distribution depot in Charlton after a blaze broke out on the site on Monday afternoon.


Our People in Nepal

We sent a team out to Nepal to help with search and rescue, watch our video about what happened.


Brigade backs Strictly star’s candle warning after Halloween horror

London Fire Brigade is backing Claudia Winkleman’s call for people to take care around candles after the Strictly star spoke for the first time about the serious burns her daughter suffered in a Halloween costume fire.


Interesting incidents in April

We've had some interesting and unusual incidents in April.


Landlady hit with £160,000 fire safety fine after fatal house blaze

A landlady has been fined £160,000 and ordered to pay £40,000 prosecution costs for breaking fire safety laws following a fatal fire in one of the Hounslow properties she rented out.


London Firefighters head to Nepal as part of rescue effort

Firefighters will use specialist search and rescue skills.


Brigade warns of open water danger as weather warms up

We are warning of the hidden dangers of cooling-off in open water, as the capital's weather warms up.


Holborn fire shows how complex London can be says capital’s fire chief

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson has praised people’s patience while firefighters dealt with the Holborn fire – a fire which the Commissioner says demonstrates just how complex London’s environment can be.


Brigade warns about beds in sheds on BBC One

We’ll be explaining the dangers of fires in London’s so-called beds in sheds for a BBC One show tonight.


New Chairman for London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority

London Assembly Member Gareth Bacon has been appointed Chair

Smoking in bed warning during National Bed Month

London Fire Brigade is warning of the dangers of smoking in bed after a man narrowly avoided injury when a discarded cigarette set his bed alight last week.


Old Kent Road’s new fire station opens as rebuild work begins at Dockhead fire station

Old Kent Road’s brand new fire station opened yesterday, Tuesday, 24 March.

Off duty firefighter praised for first aid assistance

An off duty Wennington firefighter and his partner has been tracked down by the couple they gave first aid to after a serious road traffic collision in Bournemouth.


Brigade’s warning to high rise landlords

We're warning the capital's high rise landlords that they must do more to protect their tenants from fire as new figures reveal that there are nearly two blazes everyday* in London's purpose-built flats.


Pictures: On this day in 1993

On this day in 1993, firefighters tackled a blaze at William Morris School, Mitcham.


Sprinkler week call to stop ignoring benefits in care homes

Four fire deaths, 30 injuries and 530 fires in London's care homes last year shows the need for sprinklers to be installed to protect vulnerable people, the Brigade claims.

Pictures: On this day in 2006

Nine years ago today, the sky in Penge was filled with thick, black smoke as more than 50 firefighters and officers tackled a blaze at a flooring warehouse on Green Lane.


Pictures: On this day in 2009

Around 75 firefighters tackled a fire at Field House in Chancery Lane, near Holborn.


St. George’s hospital plans to act on false alarms following our campaign

We’re pleased St George’s hospital, Tooting has announced plans to tackle false alarms following our campaign which named them at the top for automatic call-outs.


Harrow Fire Station opens its doors to the borough's local Gurkha community

Borough Commander, Richard Claydon, explains how his firefighters are engaging with the local Gurkha community.

Brigade welcomes new regulations on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Fire chiefs have welcomed the announcement of new regulations which will make it obligatory for landlords to provide a smoke alarm on every floor of their property and test them at the beginning and end of every tenancy.


Former Bayswater hotelier hit with Brigade's biggest ever fire safety fine

Salim Patel, was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay £29,922 court costs after putting lives at risk by flouting fire safety laws.


Smoking fire deaths down but still a major issue, says Brigade

Fires caused by smokers carelessly disposing of cigarettes have fallen by a quarter since the introduction of fire safe cigarette standards.


Pictures: Chelsea Fire Station celebrates 50th anniversary

Fifty years since the King's Road station opened its doors

Fridge freezer delay putting lives at risk

We are calling for fridge freezer manufacturers to act now to make their products safer.


#InsideMitcham: Mitcham firefighters relocate to new station after almost 100 years

Mitcham’s brand new fire station opened 23 February, replacing the existing station in Lower Green West, where crews have been based for most of the last 100 years.


Purley firefighters relocate for a year

Purley firefighters have temporarily relocated while upgrade work takes place to provide the area with a new state of the art fire station.

Brigade backs landlord safety guide

We are urging landlords to take advantage of a new guide issued by the National Landlords Association (NLA) to protect their tenants and ensure they don’t fall foul of fire safety laws.


Brigade step up sunlight warning after another refraction blaze

The winter sun caused another fire on Monday when a concave mirror focussed sunlight onto a shirt that was draped over a chair in East Dulwich. Thankfully it only caused a small amount of damage to the house on Peckham Rye at around 2pm.


Brigade urges caution ahead of firefighters’ strike

London Fire Brigade is urging people to take extra care ahead of the 24 hour Fire Brigade’s Union strike on Wednesday.


Fire Station blessed during Chinese New Year celebrations

First time ever our station has received a blessing


Brigade braced for Fifty Shades of Grey influence on call outs

Fire chiefs are concerned the new Fifty Shades of Grey film could lead to more people being stuck or trapped in objects like handcuffs or rings


New Brigade training centre officially opened

London Fire Brigade has unveiled its brand new state-of-the-art £7 million training centre in Park Royal.


Plan ahead to cope with cold weather

We're receiving a dozen calls a day from people with flooded homes


A wish come true

Wembley Red Watch granted the wish of a seriously ill five year old boy to be a firefighter for the day.


Toy car blaze sparks Brigade safety warning

The London Fire Brigade has issued an urgent warning to parents after a new fire report released today revealed a battery driven toy car caused a potentially life threatening fire.


Playing on frozen ponds bothers firefighters

Unlike the famous song from Frozen the cold does bother firefighters as people risk their lives by playing on icy lakes and ponds during the big freeze.


Be safe, register your electrical appliances

Take advantage of a new way to register your household appliances.


Brigade braced for more stormy weather following mini tornado

Firefighters in London are preparing for more stormy weather in the capital, with the Met Office predicting gusts of up to 50-60mph and heavy rain on Wednesday evening into Thursday morning.

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