London Fire Brigade

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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.


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

Mark Hastings has spent seven years gaining permission for 500 people to walk between Poperinge to Passchendaele over two days on 5th and 6th November. It will culminate in a church service to remember the estimated 180,000 who died.


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.


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).

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


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.


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.

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.


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.


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

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.


New chemical suits to protect firefighters against hazardous materials

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

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.


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.


Brigade battles domestic violence with arson proof letterbox drive

Firefighters providing 400 arson proof letterboxes across Bexley

Firefighter recruitment questions answered

Answers to to a few questions about our recruitment criteria


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.


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 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.


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.


We support Register My Appliance Day

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

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.


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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