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London Fire Brigade response to London Assembly report on sprinklers

London Fire Brigade has welcomed the London Assembly Planning Committee’s report on sprinklers


Islington firefighters awarded Freedom of the Borough

Islington borough firefighters were awarded Freedom of the Borough by Islington Council at a ceremony last night


Smoking still a leading cause of fatal fires warns Brigade on No Smoking Day

Since 2013/14, there have been 5,978 fires in London linked to smoking, 416 people have been injured and a total of 76 people have died


Care homes fire risk revealed by London Fire Brigade

Only one percent of care homes, retirement homes and hostels that fire crews are called to have life saving sprinklers


The Brigade’s 999 control officers win two awards

The awards celebrate the life-saving and life-changing work of staff in critical control rooms


Drive to recruit more firefighters on International Women’s Day

New recruitment campaign designed to challenge outdated firefighter stereotypes


London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton welcomes wartime hero to Brigade HQ

Ninety-three-year-old Bill served with the Brigade for 30 years and is a veteran of the Battle of Arnhem

Emergency services honoured by public at Global Radio awards

Commissioner Dany Cotton picked up the award on behalf of all the UK’s emergency services.


Firefighters safety warning for ‘Beast from the East’

Fire warning amidst arctic blast


London Fire Cadet fulfils lifelong dream to become Brigade firefighter

A former London Fire Cadet has risen through the ranks to officially become a firefighter serving in the capital.


Chinese new year safety warning

Around six fires a week caused candles, incense sticks and fireworks


London Fire Brigade training exercise at Barbican Estate

Firefighters will be undertaking a training exercise at the Barbican Estate in the City


Celebrate Pancake Day without disaster with the Brigade’s cooking safety tips

The Brigade is urging people to take care while cooking their pancakes this Shrove Tuesday


Brigade raises concern over flammable skin products

Skin products contain highly flammable ingredients


Firefighters’ marathon effort for Grenfell survivors

18 firefighters raising money for Grenfell community and Firefighters Charity


Firefighters issue blaze warning for ‘coldest week of winter’

Firefighters concerned over rise in fires during cold snap


Woman escapes faulty tumble dryer fire

A woman who escaped a devastating fire in her flat caused by a faulty tumble dryer says she’s shocked Londoners aren’t always alerted when they have dangerous faulty white goods in their homes


Brigade marks 100 years since blaze that caused greatest loss of firefighter life

The Brigade is holding a memorial event to mark the 100 year anniversary of a fire in Lambeth that resulted in seven firefighters losing their lives. The tragedy remains the greatest single loss of London firefighters during peacetime.


Total Recalls campaign victory as Government confirms database of deadly white goods

The Brigade has been calling on the Government since 2016 to implement a number of changes to make all white goods safer


London Fire Brigade response to the new Office for product and safety standards

According to London Fire Brigade figures, nearly one fire a day in London involves white goods


Boost to Brigade campaign to stop sale of deadly white goods

London’s fire chiefs have welcomed further calls for a public register of potentially deadly faulty white goods


Carbon monoxide incidents more than double in the capital

The Brigade is calling for people to fit carbon monoxide alarms in their homes


Brigade backs parliamentary report into Whirlpool’s faulty tumble dryers

We welcome calls for Whirlpool to take urgent action on potentially dangerous tumble dryers


Specialist Croydon firefighter sent to Bangladesh as part of the UK’s Emergency Medical Team

Firefighter Mark Cameron is helping to build build infrastructure to help medical professionals combat a deadly diptheria outbreak


Smoking related fire deaths rise in London

Most fatal fires are started by discarded cigarettes, matches and lighters according to Fire Facts, the London Fire Brigade’s comprehensive annual review of fire data.


Brigade’s Head of Training Assurance named in New Year Honours List

The Brigade’s Head of Training Assurance, Jackie Adams –Bonitto, has been awarded an MBE


Online fridge freezer sale bargains can pose fire risk warns London Fire Brigade

We are urging bargain hunters to ask retailers whether the backs of fridges and freezers are fire resistant before making purchases


Drunk cooks spark festive fires warn firefighters

Boozy London cooks are causing nearly four fires every week according to our new figures, with concern that cooking- related fires may rise in the Christmas period due to people cooking whilst under the influence of alcohol.

Brigade equality champion retires after 30 years

A Station Manager who has championed equality across the Brigade throughout his 30 year career has retired


Brigade employee receives award for long service

Brigade employee receives a long service award after completing fifty years of service.

Firefighters get into festive spirit to support local communities

London’s firefighters have been getting into the festive spirit to support their local communities this Christmas party season


Ilford landlord sent to prison for dangerous accommodation

An Ilford landlord received a custodial sentence for renting property he had already been warned was too dangerous to live in


Dodgy landlord database will save lives, says London Fire Brigade

New public online database will name and shame dishonest landlords who are putting their tenants’ lives at risk by flouting fire safety laws

Hackitt review is a ‘first step’ towards making buildings safer says London Fire Brigade

The Brigade welcomes Dame Judith Hackitt's interim report on the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety


Brigade urges high rise landlords to do more to protect their vulnerable residents from fire

The call comes as Waltham Forest Council pledges to install sprinklers in all 61 of its high priority blocks


Spate of heater fires sparks safety warning from firefighters

As cold snap takes hold and three serious fires caused by heaters, Brigade issues an electric heater warning.


Acid attack demo to encourage businesses to develop response plans

A realistic multi-agency exercise was staged to make London’s business owners understand the dangers of an acid attack at their premises


Croydon residents invited to public exhibition on new firefighter training centre

The Brigade is inviting local residents and stakeholders to a public exhibition on proposals to redevelop the training centre at Croydon Fire Station. It will be a chance for residents and stakeholders to see the plans for the centre.


Guest house owner who removed stairs hit with £250K fire safety fine

A Bethnal Green guest house owner who removed the staircase from his property has been hit with a £250,000 fine and a six month suspended prison sentence after being successfully prosecuted by London Fire Brigade.

Call for motorists to slow down as Brigade attend five year high road crashes

In Road Safety Week, we are urging motorists to drive more carefully


King's Cross fire remembered 30 years on

30 years after the King's Cross Fire, we look back.


Post Grenfell Fire Safety skills crisis exposed by Brigade

There will be an increase in serious building fires unless the construction industry starts to take fire safety more seriously.


Fire Cadets help build school in Nepal

A group of Fire Cadets trekked to a remote village to help rebuild a school in Nepal which was badly damaged in the 2015 earthquakes


Croydon Tram crash one year on

We mark the first anniversary of the Croydon tram crash.


Blue light demo day shows how emergency services work to keep London safe

London’s emergency services showcased how they work together this morning in a dramatic demonstration on the River Thames which saw volunteers rescued from a burning boat.


Brigade marks 50th anniversary of Hither Green rail disaster

On Sunday firefighters from Lee Green blue watch attended a memorial service to mark the 50th anniversary of the Hither Green rail disaster.


Fall in Bonfire Night incidents

The Brigade’s 999 Control Officers took a total of 697 calls on 5 November


Brigade braced for record Bonfire Night call outs

Last year was the busiest Bonfire Night in six years, with more than 500 incidents on November 5 compared to 150 in 2015

Launch of fundraising appeal for London Fire Brigade aerial appliances

A launch ceremony took place on Thursday


Firefighter fulfills quest to remember Passchendaele battle’s 100th anniversary

A firefighter will this weekend fulfil a seven year dream and march to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle of Passchendaele that his grandfather fought in.


We warn MPs to act now on white goods safety

Nearly one fire a day in London involves white goods so “consumers need to be given a fighting chance and know exactly what the risks are.”

'Great British Bake Off' burns warning from the Brigade

As the ‘Great British Bake Off’ final approaches, the Brigade is warning budding bakers to take extra care as new figures reveal that most house fires start in the kitchen.


Avoid Halloween horror and take care with candles

We are urging party goers to avoid getting an unnecessary fright this Halloween by ensuring their costumes are kept well away from candles and naked flames


London’s fire chief talks to BBC Breakfast about importance of sprinklers in schools

Only four new and refurbished schools installed sprinklers, despite the Brigade’s recommendations last year


“There is no such thing as a Fireman” says Brigade Chief

London Fire Commissioner, Dany Cotton is urging the nation to stop using the outdated term ‘Fireman’ as part of a drive to encourage more women to become firefighters.


Brigade launches biggest Firefighter recruitment campaign in six years

Our biggest recruitment campaign in six years launches today.


Brigade ‘butts’ into vaping campaign

The Brigade welcomes Public Health England’s support for e-cigarettes as a key way to help smokers quit tobacco smoking to help reduce the number of smoking related fire deaths.


Brigade trials light blocking solution for solar panel fires

The Brigade is the first fire service in the world to trial a specially designed light blocking coating to tackle emergencies involving solar panels.


Brigade backs national fire safety door campaign

We are reminding landlords and tenants about the crucial role played by fire safety doors after new statistics reveal the shocking extent to which this potentially life saving piece of engineering is being misused.


Grenfell 100 days on: Brigade makes fire safety plea

One hundred days on from the Grenfell Tower disaster and London’s fire chiefs are using the anniversary to remind landlords and residents about their high rise fire safety responsibilities.


Deadly delay in calling 999 warns new Brigade report

The Brigade was called immediately in only two of the 39 accidental fatal dwelling fires last year

Don't turn your back on fridge fire risk warns Brigade

Fridges and Freezers must have fire resistant back


Airport arrest for Finchley restauranteur brought to book for fire safety offences

A Finchley restaurant owner who ‘put lives at risk’ by persistently failing to address fire safety failings has been handed a six month suspended prison sentence following a successful prosecution by London Fire Brigade.


Brigade to host first blood donor sessions at London fire station

Brigade to host first blood donor sessions at London fire station


New F.I.R.E bags launched to help crews at fire scenes

A new kit bag is being introduced on all London Fire Brigade fire engines


Fire Authority approves changes to the way the Brigade recruits firefighters

London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) members have today approved measures that will help increase the number of firefighter applicants and encourage a cross section of society to consider firefighting as a career.


Fire Chief urges action on sprinklers as Grenfell Inquiry opens

We are renewing our call for residential tower blocks and new school builds to have sprinklers


Brigade offers free training to motorcyclists to help make capital’s roads safer

Brigade runs free motorbike safety course in bid to make London’s roads safer


Brigade pooches named as top dogs at Animal Hero Awards

Sherlock, Roscoe and Murphy named Public Service Animals of the Year


255 times more likely to have a fire caused by tobacco than vaping Brigade says

Following confirmation from British Transport Police that an e-cigarette caused a small explosion at Euston Station last night, the Brigade is re-issuing its message that you’re 255 times more likely to have a house fire smoking tobacco compared to vaping


Get more smoke alarms Brigade stresses

Following Which?'s testing of smoke alarms that highlighted difference activation times, the Brigade is keen to stress that how many alarms and how often you test them is more important than the make and model.


One year on from Shepherd's Bush tower block fire: Government risks deadly delay on ’white goods’ fires

One year on from the Shepherd's Court tower fire we're calling for action from the Government


Response to BBC story on Grenfell refurbishment

In response to BBC Radio 4's World Tonight story on the Brigade's 'involvement' in the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower, we have issued the following statement.


Vintage vehicles on display at event to celebrate Brigade's heritage

Visitors will have a rare chance to see a 100-year-old fire engine


Meet Tami, one of our firefighters featured in the ITV Inside London Fire Brigade documentary

Find out more about Tami, why she became a London Firefighter and her experiences.


Senior woman firefighter awarded for changing the way the Brigade thinks about fire

One of the country’s most senior woman firefighters has won two prestigious international academic awards for fundamentally changing the national approach to how fires are fought, to make both firefighters and the public safer.

Firefighter back in saddle after horror crash to raise money for air ambulance

West Norwood firefighter Paul Brown, who was critically injured cycling to work 10 years ago, was back in the saddle when he completed the Ride London 100-mile challenge to raise money for London Air Ambulance.


Fire Investigator's retirement means end of service for Roscoe and Murphy

A Fire Investigator and dog handler is retiring – and taking two of the Brigade’s most famous recruits with him


Apply to be a firefighter and truly get inside London Fire Brigade

We're recruiting firefighters


Fire Cadets fundraising for ‘trip of a lifetime’ to Nepal

Our cadets are fundraising to pay for a classroom in a school in Nepal


Brand new London Fire Brigade documentary starts

A brand new prime-time London Fire Brigade documentary series starts tonight on ITV, showcasing the huge variety of challenges the capital’s firefighters face every day.


Brixton firefighters create Brigade’s first ‘Mindfulness Garden’

Brixton firefighters have created a ‘Mindfulness Garden’ on the rooftop of Brixton fire station.


Brigade’s fire engine transformed from red to rainbow for Pride parade

The appliance has been specially decorated in the rainbow colours as part of London Fire Brigade’s Pride celebrations


Islington firefighters honoured with Freedom of the Borough

Firefighters will be presented with the honour at the Mayor of Islington’s Civic Awards Ceremony on March 15 next year


Fire chief re-issues fire safety tools to help councils keep buildings safe

Following the Grenfell disaster, we've reissued three fire safety tools designed to help housing providers check that their buildings are safe.

London Fire chief scoops award for firefighting innovation

A new study into the psychology of how fire officers deal with emergency incidents has been named the People’s Choice at Cardiff University’s Innovation and Impact Awards

999 call system celebrates 80th anniversary

The world’s oldest emergency call service, 999, celebrates its 80th anniversary today


Commissioner urges housing providers to get on front foot with fire safety

Following the Grenfell Tower fire, London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton is today calling on all the capital’s housing providers to urgently check they have an up to date fire risk assessment to ensure their buildings and residents are safe.


Latest statement regarding the evacuation of Chalcots Estate in Camden

Our highly trained Inspecting Officers, working very closely with Camden Council, yesterday determined that essential works are required in these four buildings on the Chalcots Estate.


Brigade reissues essential white goods safety advice following Grenfell Fire

London Fire Brigade is reissuing essential advice to people on white goods safety following the announcement that the Grenfell Tower fire started in a fridge freezer.

Warning to keep safe during summer after dozens of calls to barbecue fires

We’re urging Londoners to keep safe when cooking on barbecues this summer.

Brigade statement regarding evacuation at Chalcots Estate in Camden

London Fire Brigade will continue to work with Camden Council


Brigade reissues tower block safety advice

We're stressing essential advice to help Londoners understand high rise safety following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower

Brigade set to carry out safety checks following Prime Minister’s announcement on panels

Following the announcement made by the Prime Minister today it is important for Londoners who live in high rise properties to understand what it means for them.


Real life ‘One Born Every Minute’ - firefighters help deliver baby on roadside in south east London

Firefighters received a call to deliver a baby on the side of Eltham Road in Lee Green, south east London.

Two Brigade employees recognised in Queen's birthday honours list

Watch Manager Micky Nicholas and Deputy Head of Protective Equipment Group Malcolm Stanton have both been awarded MBEs.

Adele visits Chelsea firefighters to thank them for their work at Grenfell Tower

Adele enjoyed tea and cake with Chelsea firefighters


Flammable skin cream warning issued by fire chiefs in Carers’ Week

A recent Brigade study showed that 15 people have died in the last three years in fires where it’s believed that a flammable skin cream was found to have spread flames across bedsheets or clothing.


Five teenagers become top Brigade youth ambassadors

The youngsters have been appointed to the roles of Borough Commanders, Deputy Assistant Commissioners and Assistant Commissioner Ambassadors.


£20,000 fine after Golders Green hotel fire safety failures put ‘lives at risk’

A Golders Green hotel has been hit with a £20,000 fine for fire safety failures that could have ‘put lives at risk.’


Record fine for landlord over fire safety failures

A corporate landlord and its management company have been hit with a record £250,000 fine following a ‘potentially lethal’ flat blaze in Westminster which saw 13 people rescued by our firefighters.

Ramadan, fasting and firefighting

How do Muslim firefighters cope with the job whilst fasting for Ramadan?

Brigade braced for record bank holiday BBQ blazes

This May bank holiday weekend is forecasted the hottest since records began and we’re expecting the heat wave to increase the number of barbecue blazes across the capital.


Brigade fund targets the most vulnerable to reduce fires across the capital

Over 10,000 fire retardant bedding packs, night dresses, sofa throws, ashtrays and other fire prevention kits are being funded by the Brigade for the capital’s most vulnerable residents.


Ealing firefighters track down grandson of fallen colleague for plaque unveiling

Ealing fire crew have successfully tracked down the grandson of a firefighter who died on his last day of duty and invited him to unveil a plaque in his grandfather’s honour.


Our HQ shows we're serious about inclusion

We’ve changed the face of our headquarters to highlight our diverse workforce.


Brigade appeal for family and friends of Ealing firefighter to unveil fire station plaque

A plaque will be unveiled in memory of Sub Officer Leslie Arthur Tucker who died on his last shift before retiring in 1966


Wembley Stadium test for firefighters

London’s iconic Wembley Stadium recently provided the backdrop to a Brigade training exercise, testing the emergency services’ response to incidents involving hazardous materials.


Wembley landlord prosecuted for renting out “death trap” attic accommodation

A Wembley landlord who housed a family of five, including three children, in a cramped attic has been prosecuted by London Fire Brigade after admitting numerous fire safety offences.


Life on the front line: Being pregnant and being a firefighter

Kentish Town firefighter Charlene Mitchell sheds light on her experience of being an expectant mother in one of the biggest fire services in the world.


‘Tinderbox’ takeaway owner prosecuted for putting customers lives at risk

A Feltham business owner who’s premises were a ‘potential tinder box’ has been hit with a £7,000 fine and six month suspended prison sentence for breaking fire safety laws and putting the lives of his customers and tenants at risk.

Call for ‘Death Trap’ electric goods crack down ahead of election

We are warning that millions of UK households will continue to use potentially lethal faulty kitchen appliances unless MPs take action to make it easier for consumers to trace them.


Brigade issues water warning after 13 people drown

Fire chiefs are warning walkers, joggers and anglers to take extra care near canals, rivers and along the Thames as statistics show there have been 13 water related fatalities in London in the last three years

Drop in at Shadwell fire station for free cycle safety advice

Cyclists are being offered free road safety advice at Shadwell fire station today (Monday 24 April).


Firefighters attending around 12 London crashes a day

The Brigade has showcased its road traffic collision capabilities as figures show a 10 per cent rise in crashes attended by the Brigade.


Tottenham firefighters save baby at station

Baby was 'limp and had turned blue' but made a full recovery thanks to crews quick actions.


Switch to vaping to reduce fire death risk, warns Brigade

There have been no recorded deaths or injuries as a result of vaping or e-cigarette fires.


Crews carry out exercise in Blackwall Tunnel

Firefighters from Poplar and East Greenwich fire stations have taken part in a multi-agency exercise in the Blackwall Tunnel organised by Transport for London.


Easter warning from Brigade that Government is ignoring school fire risk

Sprinklers were installed in just 2% of cases.


Brigade’s four year vision approved

The Brigade’s four year vision to make the capital the world’s safest global city has been approved today by London’s fire authority following a public consultation.

London Fire Brigade Director of Operations Retires after 32 years

The love of a good woman meant the marines’ loss was London Fire Brigade’s gain when Dave Brown decided to join the fire service.


Firefighter to retire after more than four decades service

Steve Brooker joined the Brigade in 1973 and served at numerous stations across south east London.


Off-duty firefighter saves man’s life at St Patrick’s Day Parade

Man had stopped breathing, so Beckenham and Biggin Hill Station Manager Clinton Walsh began CPR.


Off-duty firefighter who saved Euston cardiac arrest man talks for first time

Firefighter Nathan Cane was heading home after a busy night duty at Whitechapel Fire Station.

Wandsworth firefighters take part in fundraising walk in aid of colleague with terminal cancer

Firefighters have raised £3,000 for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity


Brigade reissues hoverboard blaze warning following child death in US

We’re reissuing our hoverboard fire warning after a girl died in a blaze in Pennslyvania, USA thought to be the first death in the US as a result from a blaze caused by the battery operated toy.

New chemical suits to protect firefighters against hazardous materials

Crews responding to incidents involving hazardous materials and terrorism will have new protective clothing.


Sprinkler seminar: Brigade urges care homes to use sprinklers

Over 100 participants will discuss how sprinklers can save lives and help protect the elderly and vulnerable from fires.


International Women’s Day: Women in the fire service

Dany Cotton's appointment as the first woman Commissioner of London Fire Brigade came 35 years after the first woman joined the Brigade; however, women have been involved in the fire service long before then.

Smoking related fire deaths double, warns Brigade on No Smoking Day

Twenty-one Londoners died in fires relating to smoking last year - more than double the year before.


The Brigade remembers three firefighters who died at the Zeebrugge ferry disaster

Firefighter Steve Redman, Steven Smith and Steven Wren and his wife died on board that tragic day


Brigade cuts out six Londoners per week from their vehicles

Last year crews attended 4,541 road traffic collisions.


Brigade urges ‘lessons to be learned’ after Lakanal fire safety prosecution

On Tuesday (28 February) Southwark Council was given a £270,000 fine and ordered to pay £300,000 court costs after pleading guilty to four offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire) Safety Order.


Total Recalls: ‘Gaping hole’ in fridge freezer safety

We have written to UK fridge and freezer industry representatives calling on them to urgently review their proposals so they don't compromise public safety.

Total Recalls: How to check if your tumble dryer is a safety risk

Hotpoint, Indesit, and Creda brands manufactured between April 2004 and September 2015 could be at risk.


Total Recalls: Victory for Brigade campaign as Whirlpool change faulty dryer advice

White goods’ giant has finally told consumers to unplug dangerous, faulty tumble dryers.


No working smoke alarms in vast majority of 2017 fatal fires

Over half of all dwelling fires that the Brigade attended last year did not have a smoke alarm that worked or sounded.


Right place right time as off-duty Stuart assists collapsed ferry passenger

Proving our firefighters are never truly off duty, Stuart McDonald from Battersea blue watch was travelling on an Isle of Wight ferry recently when he stepped in to assist a fellow passenger who had keeled over with severe chest pains.


Fewer people getting stuck but 'Fifty Shades' incidents increase, warns the Brigade

Firefighters have attended nine penis ring removal incidents, which is the same number as the previous two financial years (2014/15 and 2015/16) combined.


Firefighter recruitment questions answered

Answers to to a few questions about our recruitment criteria

Brigade battles domestic violence with arson proof letterbox drive

Firefighters providing 400 arson proof letterboxes across Bexley


Off duty firefighter uses scarf to save woman on bridge

A mystery man in a ‘business suit and tie’ hailed as the ‘real hero’ of a dramatic rescue attempt by a cabbie who went to the aid of a distressed woman on Lambeth Bridge has been revealed as an off duty firefighter.


'Brigade needs more women', warns London’s fire chief

Brigade’s first woman Commissioner calling for London’s women to apply to be firefighters


Guest house owner handed six-month suspended sentence after Barking blaze

Lives were put at risk by fire safety breaches.


Celebrate the Year of the Rooster safely this Chinese New Year

Brigade issues candle and firework safety tips


Women underrepresented in Brigade consultation responses as deadline looms

London’s first woman fire commissioner is urging women to have their say in our consultation as midway results show they account for less than a third of the people taking part.


Brigade introduces brand new fire engines on London’s streets

This week the Brigade is rolling out a brand new model of fire engine for the first time in a decade.

Stay off the ice, firefighters issue cold weather warning

As the capital is hit with frozen fog this morning (Monday, 23 January) we're warning people to stay at a safe distance away from ice and frozen ponds.


Brigade slams vlogger for ‘irresponsible’ toy burning video

We’re warning people that playing with fire is not a game after a YouTube vlogger was filmed setting fire to a popular children’s toy.


Remembering the Silvertown explosion 100 years on

Seventy-three people were killed and more than 400 injured in a blast that could be heard more than 100 miles away.

We support Register My Appliance Day

A YouGov survey found only 43% of British adults register their large domestic appliances with manufacturers.


Electric heater warning as temperatures set to plummet in London

New figures released show fires caused by electrical heaters have resulted in a total of seven deaths and 162 injuries in the last five years.

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