London Fire Brigade

News Releases 2014


Boxing Day clutter warning for high rise residents

We’re warning Londoner’s living in high rise and purpose built flats not to put lives at risk by blocking their stairways and hallways with Christmas clutter if they have a Boxing Day clear out.


Hose, Hose, Hose – Bexley Firefighters cook Christmas dinner for elderly

Bexley firefighters spread Christmas cheer by cooking for the elderly at the station on Sunday, 21 December.


Marylebone landlord hit with £35,000 fine for fire safety breaches

A Marylebone pub landlord has been hit with a £35,000 fine for breaking fire safety laws and potentially putting her customers and tenants at risk after we successfully prosecuted them.


London Fire Brigade to use fast food to fight fires this Christmas

Does Islington have the best Indian? Dalston do the best doners? And Bromley the best burgers?


Electric heater warning as cold weather and firefighters set to strike

As the cold weather bites and with the Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU) set to go on strike, we're warning people to take extra care with their electric heaters.


Seasonal candle fires, a burning issue

Between November and January the number of candle fires increase dramatically.


Family without smoke alarm cheated death

On the eve of Black Friday, a woman and her four children cheated death when a fire ripped through their bedroom as they were sleeping.


London Fire Brigade wins Corporate Comms Award

London Fire Brigade’s communications team are today celebrating winning the Corporate Communications Award for best use of digital as part of a communications strategy.


New West Norwood fire station officially opened

Our new West Norwood fire station on Knight’s Hill was officially opened today (25 November) by Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt MP. It replaces the old fire station on Norwood Road


London firefighters star in Department for Transport’s THINK! campaign advert

We have teamed up for the first time with THINK! to remind people of the dangers of drink driving, ahead of the Christmas party season.


Woman saved by carbon monoxide alarm

We are urging everyone to get a carbon monoxide alarm after a woman was alerted to the harmful gases when hers sounded this morning.


Cannabis factory fires stay high

Numbers of fires have been increasing


Public urged to attend organised displays after Bonfire Night injuries

London Fire Brigade is urging the public to attend organised firework displays this Bonfire Night, after seven people suffered serious fire related injuries last November 5.

Fire Brigades Union industrial action round up

The Fire Brigades Union’s 47th period of strike action ended last night. The four day strike began at 1800 on 31 October and finished at 1800 on Tuesday 4 November.


Brigade backs Winkleman’s candle warning

We're backing Claudia Winkleman’s warning about the dangers of candles, open fires and fireworks after her daughter was hospitalized following a Halloween party.


Fireworks warning following strike announcement by Fire Brigades Union

We are urging Londoners to take care in the run up to Bonfire Night as the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced strike action in the days before the annual celebration.


Londoners urged to use candles safely to avoid giving themselves a fright this Halloween

We are urging the public not to give themselves an unnecessary fright this Halloween and to take extra care using candles.


Londoners safer than ever as Great Fire drama starts

As a new drama hits our screens depicting the Great Fire of London our Commission has said the public are now more safe from fire than ever before.


Bravery commendations for east London firefighters

Firefighters and officers receive commendations for their bravery


Clapham landlord fined £10,000 for breaking fire safety laws

We have successfully prosecuted a Clapham landlord who let tenants carry on living in his property despite our fire safety inspectors slapping a notice on it to prevent its use due to serious fire safety concerns.


Inquest into the death of Santosh Benjamin Muthiah

Today at Barnet Coroner’s Court, Her Majesty’s Coroner Andrew Walker recorded a narrative verdict following an inquest into the death of Santosh Benjamin Muthiah who died after a house fire in November 2010.


Brigade warns don't give arsonists the chance to strike

We’re warning of the dangers of leaving mattresses and other materials stacked up against the outside of your home presenting an opportunity for would be arsonists to strike.


Care home provider slated for death of elderly woman

One of the country’s biggest care home providers has today been ordered to pay £170,622 for contravening fire safety laws following a fire in which a woman died.


Students warned about Freshers’ week fires

Students are being asked to avoid ‘freshers’ week fires’ and to check that the electrical goods in their new accommodation are not putting their lives at risk.


Don't replace your fire safety doors

We are warning flat owners not to put lives at risk by replacing potentially life saving fire safety doors when they make home improvements.

Eastenders blaze sparks fire cigarette warning

As millions will watch Alfie Moon start a fire by throwing a cigarette into a bin tonight London Fire Brigade has released new statistics about the devastating effects of fires caused by smoking.


Worst lifts in London revealed

Today we exclusively revealed the places in the capital where you are most likely to get shut in a lift.


Fake iPhone charger danger revealed by Brigade

We’ve released a new report warning of the dangers of counterfeit Apple iPhone chargers, which could put people’s lives at risk.


London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson resigns after 35 years service

The Chief Fire Officer of the London Fire Brigade, Ron Dobson has today announced his resignation from the position of London Fire Commissioner.


Unsafe cigarettes warning following inquest into double fatal

We’ve issued an urgent warning after an inquest today heard that two people died in a house fire caused by unsafe cigarettes which did not conform with European Union safety standards.


Brigade issues ‘badger burns’ warning for smoking oxygen patients

Those who buy cigarettes for patients who use oxygen equipment to help breathe are placing them at risk of suffering from ‘badger burns’ to the face and head.


Our firefighters get new uniforms

Our firefighters have been kitted out with brand new uniforms to wear when they are out and about in the capital advising Londoners about fire safety.


Firefighters respond to biblical downpour

London Fire Brigade attended 30 flood related incidents yesterday afternoon as ‘biblical’ downpours hit parts of the capital.


Brigade says carry on camping during fire strike week

We're reassuring Londoners that it's okay to 'carry on camping’ in August so long as they take extra care especially during the Fire Brigades Union strike next week.


Beware of baby buggy fires in communal hallways

London’s cluttered communal stairwells and hallways are affected by more than one fire every day new figures reveal.


Candle safety ahead of Lights Out event

Tonight the country will mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I by turning their lights out between 10pm and 11pm.


£180k awarded to fund sprinklers for vulnerable Londoners

We’ve announced the winners of our £180,000 funding* competition held to encourage more housing providers to install potentially life saving sprinklers.


Commonwealth Games hammer thrower: London firefighter

London firefighter takes part in a Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games final.


Brigade calls on councillors to turn up heat on fire safety

London Fire Brigade is calling on councillors from all 33 of the capital’s local authorities to make sure they are using their scrutiny powers to keep London’s estates safe from fire.


London Fire Brigade's performance on target

London Fire Brigade has hit the majority of its targets for the year ending March 2014, including average fire engine arrival times, reducing fatalities and reducing fire related injuries.


Children get stuck in strangest places

We reveal our most unusual child rescues to keep children safe this summer.


Haringey fire cadets complete course

Haringey youngsters were awarded a qualification after completing their Community Fire Cadet Course at a special Passing Out Parade on Saturday, 19 July.

“Know the plan” urge firefighters after flat fire in Enfield

Firefighters are today reminding Enfield residents living in purpose built flats about the importance of knowing their fire safety plan following a blaze in Ponders End.


Brigade in grass fire warning ahead of heat wave

The London Fire Brigade are concerned there could be a sharp increase in the number of grass fires this weekend as the capital looks forward to a heat wave.


Fire chiefs employ pupil power to ensure high rise fire safety message hits home

Fire chiefs are calling on the capital’s teenagers to help pass on vital life saving fire safety advice to their families as part of its campaign to ensure people living in high rise flats know what to do in the event of a fire.


Hoax call warning ahead of strike week

Fire chiefs are asking parents to teach their children about the dangers of hoax calls ahead of the school holidays and a week of industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union.


Fire chief warning ahead of fifteenth strike

Members of the Fire Brigades Union set to strike on Thursday 10 July

Crystal door knob starts house fire

Firefighters are reminding Londoners about the importance of keeping crystal furnishings out of direct sunlight after a crystal doorknob started a house fire yesterday morning.


Teenage boy saves family from fridge freezer fire

London Fire Brigade today praised the actions of a teenage boy who saved his family from a fire caused by a fridge freezer in Battersea in south west London last week.


Londoners warned of potential fire hazard lurking under the stairs

Around five house fires a week are caused by electrical fuse boards


New fire report shows majority of fire deaths occur after a delay in calling 999

A new ‘Fire Facts’ report published today by the London Fire Brigade shows that the majority of fire deaths in the capital happen when there is a delay in people dialling 999.


Fourteenth FBU strike ends

The seven hour strike staged by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) today (Saturday, 21 June) has now ended.


Grass fire warning ahead of Saturday strike

The recent warm dry weather has led fire chiefs to issue an urgent grass fires warning as the Fire Brigades Union strike on Saturday.


Firefighters test high rise response as Brigade urges residents to ‘Know the Plan’

Firefighter training exercise in Isleworth


Brigade’s fresh concern over growing problem of ‘beds in sheds’

People living in unsuitable buildings becoming more apparent across London


Senior fire officer hopes award will inspire other women

UK's most senior woman fire officer awarded

Thirteenth FBU strike ends

The thirteenth strike by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has ended.


World Cup cooking is a fire hazard, warns Brigade

London Fire Brigade said today it wants people to get a takeaway instead of cooking under the influence of alcohol which could lead them scoring an own goal during the World Cup.


Bio-fuel warning after three teenagers badly burned by barbecue

One of the three is critically injured after barbecue accident


Mayor to officially open state-of-the-art training venue for London’s firefighters

Brand-new training centre opened by Boris Johnson


Lucky family narrowly escape candle bedroom blaze

The family tried to tackle the fire themselves.


Croydon care home slapped with £70,000 fines

A Croydon care home has been hit with fines and costs totalling nearly £70,000 for putting its elderly residents at risk of fire following a successful prosecution by London Fire Brigade.


Blaze concern over Bank Holiday 'Balcony BBQs'

Fire chiefs advise public never to light barbecues on balconies due to fire risk

Brigade stages tunnel rescue for training exercise

Fire crews from London Fire Brigade will stage the rescue of a collapsed construction worker from a tunnel as part of an emergency service training exercise next week.


Fire death link with those receiving social care

Hoarding has been a factor in nearly 20 fire deaths over the past three years.

Fire in hoarder’s home on day of social care summit

Firefighters tackled a fire in a heavily cluttered home in Shepherds Bush just hours before fire and care professionals held a summit to discuss issues of fires involving vulnerable people.


Fire test video shows that hoarders at greater risk of fire death Brigade warns

London Fire Brigade has today released a video which shows the devastating effects of a fire in a hoarder’s home. The film illustrates how quickly a fire can take hold in these conditions.


Firefighter delivers baby boy at scene of fire

Don't call the midwife - call London Fire Brigade


Twelfth FBU strike ends

Bank holiday weekend strike ends


Barbecue warning ahead of FBU strikes and typical bank holiday weather

Fire chiefs are calling on Londoners to take extra care with their barbecues this bank holiday weekend with the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) set to strike over a dispute with the Government over pensions.


Hot oil sparks warning from Brigade

Firefighters investigating the cause of a flat fire on Sydney Road in Enfield over the weekend are reminding people never to try and extinguish a hot oil fire with water.


Brigade road tests first zero emissions blue light vehicle

London Fire Brigade is showing its environmental credentials by road testing its first zero-emissions blue-light vehicle.


Fire Brigade to simulate London plane crash in ‘largest ever exercise’

The London Fire Brigade is hosting one of the largest and most comprehensive exercises in its history this weekend, with fire crews taking part in a three-day exercise based around a plane crash in the capital.


East London to play host to fire brigade’s ‘largest ever exercise’

A large number of emergency service vehicles will be present in the area


Further FBU strike dates announced

FBU announce three strike dates


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.


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

E-cig fire leads to woman being injured


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


Brigade offers flood safety advice

London Fire Brigade offers advice on flooding


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.


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.


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.


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.


“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


Eighth FBU strike ends

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

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