London Fire Brigade

News Releases 2012


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

He receives the Queen's Fire Service Medal


Joss stick warning after six children injured at Christmas Day blaze

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


Brigade to lead way on emergency tweets

Brigade looks into how Twitter could be used in the future


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.


Shard provides training backdrop for firefighters

Fire evacuation exercise to take place on Sunday 9th December


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.


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.


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.


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.


Firefighters issue Bonfire Night warning after firework causes house blaze

Stray firework burns loft of house in Dalston


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Blipp the Brigade

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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


Firefighters save ten builders in dramatic high rise rescue

Builders rescued from 22nd floor contractors' lift


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

Three kitchen fires in one day sparks warning from LFB


Seven lives saved at Lewisham flat fire

Nine people taken to hospital after fire.


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.


Training firefighters save trapped boy's leg

Firefighters rescue boy from lake


Fire chief: Take care with Olympic booze and barbecues

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


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.


Animal rescues rise by 60 per cent across London

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


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.


Heart attack victim saved by off-duty firefighter

Hornsey firefighter to be awarded for his life saving actions


Bedroom damaged by beauty mirror blaze

Magnified mirror concentrates sun's rays and causes fire


Firefighters on June flood alert

28 flooding incidents so far today


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.


Off duty firefighter saves man from ‘fireball’ car

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


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.


Firefighters attending one 'locksmith job' every hour

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


Poppadom blaze damages Tooting takeaway

Tooting restaurant damaged by poppadom fire


Chicken incubator causes bungalow blaze

Lamp on homemade chicken incubator causes bungalow blaze


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.


Capital’s firefighters on flood alert

Firefighters advise people to stay well away from moving water


Tottenham firefighters make wish come true for boy with cancer

Boy with cancer meets Tottenham firefighters and fireman Sam


Firefighters in dramatic bulldozer rescue

Bulldozer plunges 40 feet down into water filled quarry pit


Carshalton seagull incident

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


Major Canning Town blaze caused by cigarette

Fire at industrial estate left thousands of homes without power


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.


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

Cigarette warning following flat blaze

Flat blaze following night time toilet break


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.


Two injured by exploding homemade lava lamp

Brigade warns about dangers of lava lamps and unattended pans

London Fire Brigade advice on storing petrol

Advice on storing petrol at home

Prevent grass fires during warm spell

March grass fire warning


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Brigade issues heater warning following kids' bedroom blaze

Toddler taken to hospital following bedroom fire.


£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.


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.


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

Brigade's Dany Cotton accepts Assistant Commissioner role.


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.


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.

Firefighters called to hen do candle blaze

Woman injured by candle at central London hen do.


Firefighters urge caution during ‘severe cold weather’

Capital's firefighters urge caution during freezing weather.


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.


Brigade saves millions by reducing false alarm call outs

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


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.


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.”


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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