London Fire Brigade

News Releases 2010


London Fire Commissioner awarded CBE

London Fire Commissioner, Ron Dobson has been awarded a CBE in the New Year honours for his distinguished contribution to the fire and rescue service.


Brigade supports life saving cigarette law

The number of people killed and injured in fires caused by cigarettes could be dramatically reduced thanks to new life saving legislation, says London Fire Brigade


Brigade welcome ballot result

FBU ballot result welcomed


Child burns victim launches Christmas fire safety campaign

South African teenager helps to launch candle safety campaign.

FiReControl Project terminated

Chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, Councillor Brian Coleman has welcomed the government's decision to terminate the FiReControl project.


LFB responds to London Assembly report on fire safety in residential buildings

Responding to the London Assembly report on fire safety in residential buildings, Chairman and Leader of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority Cllr Brian Coleman said; “The recommendations reinforce changes we have been calling for


National bakers fined for fire safety breaches

Greggs the bakers have been fined £50,000 and ordered to pay £20,326 in costs after pleading guilty to serious breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (the “RRO”).


Brigade attend a high number of burst water pipes due to the freezing conditions

New figures today revealed that flooding incidents have increased by 150 per cent in London due to frozen pipes bursting in the coldest start to a winter since records began.


Firefighters on high alert during cold snap

Firefighters warn of dangers during the icy weather.


Resolution Advisory Panel announces findings to Brigade and FBU in bid to end industrial action

The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority today welcomed the recommendations put forward by the Resolution Advisory Panel that seek a way forward in the dispute over proposed changes to start and finish times for firefighters.


London Fire Brigade statement ahead of meeting to try and resolve fire dispute

Speaking ahead of a meeting of the Resolution Advisory Panel today, London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: “I hope that the recommendations from the meeting will help us bring an end to the current dispute with the FBU.


Brigade backs Carbon Monoxide (CO) Awareness Week

The Brigade was called to 30 incidents involving carbon monoxide last year – one of them a fatality and four where people had to be treated for the effects of this odourless and tasteless but poisonous gas.


Celebrate Bonfire Night and Diwali safely

Remember, remember, stay safe this November.


Fire Brigades Union have called off Bonfire Night strike action

Reaction to FBU confirming that the Bonfire Night strike has been called off


End of second eight hour strike

End of second day of strikes.


London Fire Brigade - strike statement

Latest statement on today's strike


FBU refuse to call strike off or attend talks

Fire Authority Chairman calls on Union to call off strikes


London Fire Authority vows to resolve new strike threat

The Chairman and Commissioner of the London Fire Authority have vowed that the service will do all it can to stop a new 47 hour strike the FBU have said will start on the 5 November – which can be the busiest time for the fire Brigade.


Stay safe as Fire Brigades’ Union launch strike

Last-minute attempts by the London Fire Brigade to avoid today’s (23 October) FBU strike have fallen on deaf ears but the Brigade is continuing to reassure Londoners that it will be responding to 999 calls throughout the FBU’s eight hour walk-out.

End of eight hour strike

Despite repeated incidents of harassment, intimidation and violence against emergency fire crews the plan to provide a contingency fire and rescue service during the eight hour FBU strike today has been successful.


Fire safety warning issued as Fire Brigades’ Union strike looms

Ahead of the FBU strike this Saturday, London Fire Brigade has reassured Londoners that it will be responding to 999 calls throughout the FBU’s eight hour walk-out.

Third offer by Brigade in bid to avoid further strikes

London Fire Brigade has tabled revised proposals which it hopes will avoid further strikes by the FBU over proposed changes to shift start and finish times.


London Fire Brigade rises to spending review challenge

The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, which runs the London Fire Brigade, is spearheading changes designed to ensure that the UK’s fire and rescue service is fit for the 21st century.


Fire Authority Chairman responds to announcement of strike dates

Brian Coleman, Chairman and Leader of LFEPA, responds to announcement of strike dates.


Response to strike ballot result

Fire Commissioner and Chairman statements on ballot result


Brigade withdraws 27 fire engines in readiness for strike action

Brigade has withdrawn 27 fire engines from stations across London to prepare for the introduction of a contingency fire service should the FBU take strike action.


Fire Brigade museum tells the story of London

London Fire Brigade’s museum is set to tell the story of the capital’s firefighters, during its open day on Friday 8th October


Fire Chairman rubbishes fortnightly bin collections

LFEPA Chairman warns fires could go up if fortnightly rubbish collections are introduced.


Fire Authority Chairman calls for conciliation

With planned industrial action due to start tomorrow, Fire Authority Chairman calls for conciliation


Children with autism get firefighting experience

Young people with autism are working with firefighters to learn about fire safety and boost their confidence.


LFB smashes carbon emissions targets

A report has revealed that London Fire Brigade has smashed its own carbon reduction goals and is now setting even more challenging targets to reach before 2015, exceeding those proposed by the Mayor of London.


Fire chief’s warning as Queen Vic burns

Millions of people will watch the Queen Vic burn on BBC drama Eastenders this Thursday and the capital’s Fire Commissioner is warning Londoners that serious fires can also be a reality for far too many people.


Young professionals most at risk from kitchen fires

New figures show young professionals are setting fire to their kitchens in record numbers.


Smoke alarms are not a luxury you can live without

Despite a new survey revealing that we blow £13.2 billion each year on personal grooming products like hair gels, takeaways and perfume, hundreds of thousands of London households still don’t want to fork out for a smoke alarm that could save their lives.


Make sure your Bank Holiday doesn’t go with a bang

Faulty electrical items, overloaded plug sockets and dodgy wiring cause hundreds of fires across London each year. That’s why firefighters are asking people to check for electrical fire risks in their homes this Bank Holiday.


London fire stations lower carbon emissions and save money

Figures released today show that carbon emissions have plummeted by as much as 44 per cent and energy bills will be cut by around £50,000 a year at ten fire stations involved in the Mayor of London’s RE:FIT programme.


Ballot for ‘industrial action short of a strike’ by the FBU is totally unnecessary

Responding to the London region FBU announcement that it is to ballot its members for industrial action short of a strike, London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: “This is totally unnecessary.


Capital’s youngsters rise to Life challenge

The capital’s youngsters have been pitting their speed, strength, teamwork and firefighting skills against each other in a borough-wide London Fire Brigade competition.


Frustrated firefighters issue prank 999 call warning

With schools summer holidays well underway, London’s firefighters are asking parents to speak to their children about the consequences of making hoax 999 calls.


Brigade takes next step on firefighter shift plans

London Fire Brigade today began the process of formal consultation with the Fire Brigades Union on its proposed changes to start and finish times of shifts for London firefighters.


Brigade fear further fires in ‘smouldering summer’

Firefighters fear further summer grass fires.


First Community Fire Cadets Pass Out

The first 20 youngsters to complete London Fire Brigade’s Community Fire Cadet Course have attended a special Passing Out Parade.


Talks continue to change firefighter working hours

Talks on plans to change London firefighter start and finish times are to continue following a meeting of London’s fire authority at City Hall this afternoon (15 July).


Brigade commended for work with young offenders

London Fire Brigade has become the first fire and rescue service to employ someone through a national programme designed to rehabilitate young offenders.


Food factory owner falls foul of fire laws

The manager of a food production factory has been ordered to pay over £20,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to serious breaches of fire safety legislation following a prosecution brought by the London Fire Brigade.


Carelessness leads to spike in grass fires

Warm weather leads to spate of grass fires across the capital.


Don’t die in silence: get a smoke alarm

Firefighters urge deaf and hard of hearing to get specialist smoke alarms.


Fire safety chief issues parents’ warning

Research released today to coincide with National Child Safety Week, has revealed that children cause nearly 1400 fires every year in the capital with some started deliberately and others coming as a result of playing with fire, cooking or smoking.


New Look’s appeal dismissed

London Fire Brigade has welcomed a decision by the Court of Appeal yesterday (16 June) which gives guidance to sentencing for serious breaches of fire safety legislation.

Mayor announces LFEPA membership

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced the membership of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA), which runs the London Fire Brigade.


Trailblazing woman firefighter receives award from the Queen

Sian Griffiths, one of the first women firefighters in the country, has been awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal (QFSM) for Distinguished Service in the 12 June Birthday Honours List.


Capital boosts anti-terror capability

A new rapid response vehicle – capable of tackling terror attacks and other major emergencies - hits London’s streets this week.


Being green gets you in the black

New figures announced on the eve of World Environment Day (5 June), show that London Fire Brigade’s green projects are not only protecting the environment but are also saving London’s taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds every year.


Pubs warned; “don’t score fire own goal”

With thousands of people due to watch the world cup in pubs this summer the London Fire Brigade is urging bar owners and managers to make sure their premises are safe from fire.

Mayor of London reappoints Brian Coleman as Chairman of fire authority

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has reappointed Councillor Brian Coleman AM FRSA as Chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.


Brigade issues boat blaze advice

Firefighters offer fire safety advice to London's boat owners.


Sizzle safely this summer

Firefighters remind people to take care with barbecues this summer


London Fire Brigade scoops award for health and safety

London Fire Brigade has been awarded the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Gold Award for occupational health and safety, for the third consecutive year.


Firefighters urge you to plan your great escape

London's firefighters highlight importance of home escape plans


London Fire Brigade strengthens links with Islington’s diverse businesses

Forging stronger community links and explaining important fire safety legislation were top of the agenda when London Fire Brigade hosted a reception for an organisation that represents Islington’s minority business community on Friday 23 April.


Walthamstow fire station making way for 21st Century building

Walthamstow fire station is closing temporarily on Tuesday 27 April to allow a complete re-build on the site, as the old building makes way for a 21st century fire station housing an additional fire engine and providing community facilities.


Tesco handed fine for serious fire safety breaches

The retailer Tesco has been fined £95,000 and ordered to pay £24,321 in costs after pleading guilty to serious breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (the “RRO”).


Smoke alarms do save lives

Six out of ten people who died in fires in last year had no smoke alarm fitted in their home.


London firefighters ready for Marathon challenge

Fifty-six London Fire Brigade firefighters and staff will be hitting the capital’s streets as part of the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday 25 April.


London Fire Brigade urges businesses: Don’t count the cost of flouting fire safety laws

London Fire Brigade is warning London’s business and premises owners that by not paying attention to fire safety laws, they are not only putting lives at risk but could also face heavy fines.


London Fire Brigade appoints new Deputy Head of Community Fire Safety

Catherine Levin joins London Fire Brigade as Deputy Head of Community Fire Safety


Camden and Westminster reach LIFE milestone

A successful scheme run by the London Fire Brigade in Camden and Westminster to improve the self-esteem of young people and reduce anti-social behaviour has celebrated its 50th Pass Out Parade.


A new look for London’s firefighters

London’s firefighters now have a new look following the introduction of their new-style fire kit this week.

Firefighters issue Easter safety advice

Almost half of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen, according to new figures released this Easter by London Fire Brigade


London Fire Brigade seeks out top talent

London Fire Brigade is launching a ground breaking management recruitment campaign designed to tap into top talent from other industries.

Firefighters ask public to help reduce arson

London Fire Brigade: A third of fires in capital started deliberately

Fire authority sets out way forward

Plans for the way London will deliver its fire service over the next three years have been agreed by London’s fire authority.


English Heritage and London Fire Brigade ‘fired up’ to ensure future for capital's historic fire stations

From the compact allure of Belsize to the elaborate Victorian splendour of Kensington, London’s historic fire station buildings are an instantly recognisable part of the capital and those that remain in active use are part of our proud legacy

100 year old fire hero celebrated

Ex- World War Two firefighter celebrates his 100th birthday with local firefighters.


Cigarettes increase risk of homes going up in smoke

London Fire Brigade issue home fire safety tips ahead of No Smoking Day on March 10.

Company fined for serious breaches of fire safety at hotel

A company that owned a Bayswater hotel has been ordered to pay over £21,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to serious breaches of fire safety legislation following a prosecution brought by the London Fire Brigade.


Hillingdon’s firefighters are streets ahead

Hillingdon's firefighters to take part in week of community activities.


Lewisham firefighters get new life saving equipment

Fire crews in Lewisham are better prepared than ever to treat casualties at incidents, after being kitted out with life saving emergency care packs.

Former pub landlord fined for serious breaches of fire safety

A former pub landlord has been ordered to pay £16,015 in fines and costs/has been given a custodial sentence after pleading guilty to serious breaches of fire safety legislation following a prosecution brought by the London Fire Brigade.


Girls get fired up for LIFE in Tower Hamlets

In the run up to International Women’ s Day (9 March) 14 girls from Tower Hamlets have helped to reinforce London Fire Brigade’s message that firefighting is not just a job for the boys.


Firefighters give chip safety advice

Firefighters give chip safety warning during National Chip Week.


Happy Year of the Tiger

London’s firefighters wish everyone a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year

New fire station opens at Harold Hill

London’s first new additional fire station for over a decade was officially opened by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson today (Thursday 11 February).


Refurbishment at Croydon Fire Station wins low carbon award

The London Fire Brigade has won an award at the prestigious CIBSE Low Carbon Performance Awards last night (3 February 2009).


Hounslow firefighters get new life saving equipment

Fire crews in Hounslow are better prepared than ever to treat casualties at incidents, after being kitted out with life saving emergency care packs.


Cigarettes and alcohol raise fatal house fire risk

Make saving a life your new year’s resolution.

Young people awarded for achievements in LIFE

Over 80 young people from all over London have been recognised for their outstanding achievements while attending a firefighting skills course run by the London Fire Brigade.


London Fire Brigade in action co-ordinating big freeze response

London Fire Brigade’s ‘London Local Authority Coordination Centre’ (LLACC) is supporting borough councils across the capital as they continue to deal with some of the most severe weather in living memory.


London Fire Brigade urges people to stay off frozen ponds and lakes

London Fire Brigade is warning people not to walk or play on frozen ponds or lakes, and has revealed that firefighters have already had to rescue 11 people who have fallen through or become trapped on ice, during the recent cold weather.


Big freeze increases house fire risk

Firefighters urge Londoners to take care during cold snap

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