London Fire Brigade

News Releases 2011


Strictly the quietest Bonfire Night on record, say firefighters

Strictly Come Dancing, X Factor and Twitter helped make last November 5 the quietest on record for the capital’s firefighters, according to a new report being published next month.


New figures reveal drop in fires as Brigade publishes 'The year in fires’

The number of fires and the number of people who lost their lives to fire in London fell this year, according to initial figures released today by the London Fire Brigade.


Flood warning for Christmas holiday-makers

Fire chiefs are today warning Christmas holiday-makers that they are at risk of returning home to a house flooded by frozen pipes.


Shane Warne asked to spin cooking fire campaign after burning his bowling hand

London Fire Brigade has today asked cricketing legend Shane Warne to back their Christmas cooking campaign after the Australian badly burnt his hand in a cooking accident putting his return to cricket into serious doubt.

Fire chiefs warn don't cook when drunk this xmas party season

As the office Christmas party season reaches full swing, the London Fire Brigade is launching a new safety campaign to encourage young people not to cook after a night out drinking.


Christmas decoration warning following spate of candle fires in the capital

Firefighters are today urging people to take extra care when putting up their Christmas decorations following a severe fire last night.


Brigade says new national guidance will save lives

Brigade to lead the way for national fire policy.

Fire Authority response to riots panel report

The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority has welcomed the publication of the interim report from the Communities and Victims Panel.


Firefighters issue warning after clothes horse rescue

Firefighters reveal startling number of rescue incidents involving machinery, objects and household items.

Fire Authority agrees biggest changes to firefighter training for 130 years

Members of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority have today agreed proposals that will see the biggest modernisation of firefighter training in over a century.


Fire chiefs say new cigarettes could save one life every five days

A revolutionary new type of cigarette could save one life every five days in the UK by cutting the number of fires caused by smoking, according to the London Fire Brigade.


Quietest Bonfire Night on record for London's firefighters

London experiences quieter Bonfire Night than expected.

Fire inspectors swoop on 'death trap' housing for 150 people

London Fire Brigade has swooped to close a number of commercial buildings being used as living accommodation after uncovering some of the worst fire risks safety officers have ever seen.


Olympic test for London's firefighters

London’s firefighters have been testing their emergency response skills in preparation for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Fire chiefs reveal proposals for biggest changes to firefighter training for 130 years

Fire chiefs at the London Fire Brigade have today revealed recommendations that would lead to the biggest changes to firefighter training for over a century.

Winding up petition against London fire engine company dismissed

The winding up petitions against the company that runs the London Fire Brigade’s fire engines have today been withdrawn in a hearing at the High Court.


Brigade to set Twitter alight with Bonfire night tweets

Brigade to hold the world's first ever Bonfire Night twitterthon.


2,000 homes in the capital lost to fire each year

Over 2,000 homes across London are being lost to fires each year according to new figures released today by London Fire Brigade, causing an estimated £120 million worth of damage and adding to the housing shortage across the capital.


Tottenham youths to get firefighting experience

Young people in Tottenham, one of the areas worst affected by August’s civil disturbances, will this week experience what it is like to be a firefighter, as they take part in the London Fire Brigade’s flagship youth programme.


London Fire Brigade urges Facebookers to ‘Share It, Save a Life’

London Fire Brigade hopes to reach 1 million people with its top fire safety messages.


Investigators reveal cause of Neasden blaze as Brigade announces fire safety blitz

Fire investigators believe that a chest freezer may have caused the Neasden fire.

UK Rescue Challenge success for London Fire Brigade

London hosts the country's biggest and most prestigious firefighter event


Neasden fire - investigation continues


Firefighters to observe one minute’s silence for Neasden fire victims

600 firefighters from all over the country and London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson will be observing a minute’s silence for the six people who died in a serious house fire overnight on Sonia Gardens in Neasden.


Building owner receives suspended sentence for fire safety breaches

A Camberwell building owner has today received a six month sentence suspended for 12 months after being found guilty of breaking a number of fire safety laws. He was also sentenced to 150 hours of community service and told to pay over £13,000 in costs.

New report reveals full extent of fires during civil disturbances

Firefighters in London were battling, on average, one fire every nine minutes for five consecutive days during the recent civil disturbances, according to a new report from the London Fire Brigade.


Fire engine pull across London for charity

Firefighters set to pull fire engine across London to raise money for charities that helped their injured colleagues.


London firefighters remember 9/11 ten years on

Firefighters remember all those affected by 9/11.


Fire Authority Chairman statement to London Assembly

Chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA), Cllr Brian Coleman, has today made a statement to the London Assembly at the annual LFEPA Question Time:


London in countdown for national rescue challenge

With only weeks to go until this year’s biggest firefighter event, London Fire Brigade is preparing to welcome fire and rescue services from across the UK to this year’s UK Rescue Challenge London 2011.


Kate Winslet offered firefighter training after daring island escape

London Fire Brigade is offering Kate Winslet the opportunity to train with firefighters after she bravely rescued Richard Branson’s mother from a fire on his multi-million pound luxury holiday island.


Firefighters on standby as capital faces flood warnings

Firefighters on flood alert.


LFB finalists to be on the buses

London Fire Brigade has been longlisted for a prestigious competition to advertise on London’s buses.


Busiest time in recent memory for Brigade

New figures released today show that London’s firefighters dealt with over 100 serious fires related to the recent civil disturbances in the capital.


Brigade 999 Control Officers remain busy but no calls to unrest

Emergency calls into the Brigade’s 999 Control Centre remained higher than normal last night but firefighters were not sent to deal with any significant fires associated with unrest.


Brigade remains vigilant

London’s firefighters dealt with no significant fires associated with the recent unrest last night but crews remain vigilant.


London fire crews remain fully prepared

No fires overnight associated with civil unrest.

Brigade issues arson advice to protect business owners

A new arson prevention guide has today been issued by London Fire Brigade urging businesses to take extra measures to protect themselves as the threat of disturbances across the capital continues.


Fire crews face third night of disturbances

Several large fires attended across London overnight.


Fire crews face second night of disturbances

Three fire engines damaged in overnight disturbances.

Multiple fires in London

Firefighters are either fighting or trying to get to a number of fires across the capital, all related to the civil disturbances experienced over the past three nights.


London Fire Brigade Museum Open Day

Did you know that during Victorian times firefighters had to live at fire stations with their families and their children cleaned uniforms and fire engines? Or that Edward VII used to attend incidents and had his own special Brigade uniform?


Firefighters invite you to get 'Fire Fit' this summer

Public invited to meet former Olympian and take part in firefighting exercises.


Brigade braced for 999 holiday hoaxes

As thousands of schools across the country prepare to break up for the summer holidays, London Fire Brigade is warning that it faces a flood of hoax calls from bored school children.


BEKO frost free fridge freezers safety warning

London Fire Brigade is urging people to check if they own one of the models of BEKO frost free fridge freezers which are subject to a safety warning.


Fire safety warning to bright young things setting London alight

Young, well-educated, professionals are causing more than a quarter of all accidental house fires in the capital, according to new figures released today by the London Fire Brigade.


150th anniversary of the fire which changed the fire service forever

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the major fire at Tooley Street and the death of the capital’s first fire Superintendant James Braidwood, events which led to the founding of the fire service as we know it today.


Injured Wandsworth firefighter visits pioneering medical charity

A Wandsworth firefighter who was badly burned in a fire earlier this year has visited a pioneering medical charity to see its work on revolutionary new technology to help recovering burns victims.


Firefighters across London get extra life saving equipment

From today, every fire engine in London will be equipped with new high-tech first aid equipment, including defibrillators, and firefighters trained to use the potentially life-saving gear.


Elderly accounting for over half of fire deaths, says London Fire Brigade

Vulnerable elderly people are accounting for over half of fire deaths in the capital, according to new figures from the London Fire Brigade. Out of the 62 people who died in fires in the capital last year, 33 were aged over 60.


Birthday Honours for fire authority members and officers

Two members of London’s fire authority and two London Fire Brigade officers have been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list today


Commissioner receives CBE from Queen

London Fire Commissioner, Ron Dobson has received a CBE from Her Majesty the Queen in an honours ceremony at Buckingham Palace.


London Fire Brigade launches UK’s first fire map

Online fire map is launched.


Brigade to host top national rescue challenge

One of the country’s biggest and most prestigious firefighter events is to be hosted in London on 23 - 24 September 2011

Firefighters get awarded for living The Good Life

A fire station that would rival Tom and Barbara in the TV show The Good Life has won greenest fire station of the year following a London wide competition to find the most energy efficient.


150 firefighters recruited to reinforce front line protection for Londoners

Firefighter recruitment drive begins today.


London Fire Brigade response to 7/7 Inquest

Commissioner of London Fire Brigade, Ron Dobson, comments on 7/7 Inquest


A shift in the right direction

Today (5 May) sees the first change to the working hours of London’s firefighters for over 30 years.


Landlord given suspended prison sentence for fire safety failures

A landlord has received a suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to four breaches of fire safety law.

Warning over London grass fire disaster.

Firefighters warn over grass fires risk.


Planning a right Royal knees up?

Brigade offers safety advice for Royal Wedding weekend.


Stay safe during ‘Barbecue Easter’

Take care with barbecues this Easter.


Brigade's Marathon efforts for fire safety

Fifty of the Brigade's staff members to run in this Sunday's London Marathon.


Fire Brigade Tweetathon to warn on unnecessary lift call-outs

London Fire Brigade is to use social networking website Twitter (@LondonFire) to highlight the amount of time its firefighters spend at call outs to people who are stuck in lifts.


Schools ignoring advice on life-saving sprinklers, warns London Fire Brigade

Almost two thirds of new or refurbished schools planned for the capital have not been built with potentially life saving sprinklers installed, the London Fire Brigade is warning today.


£1 million funding boost for Brigade’s flagship youth scheme

London Fire Brigade has approved a £1 million funding boost for its flagship youth programme.


Greener fire stations to save Brigade £1m over next ten years

Ten fire stations to receive a green makeover which will help save almost £1million over the next 10 years


Councils and businesses to face tougher charges for lift call-outs

Councils and businesses are facing tough penalties for unnecessary non-emergency lift call-outs, warns the London Fire Brigade


London Fire Brigade to save £2m by cutting unnecessary overtime

The London Fire Brigade has today revealed plans to save £2million over the next five years by cutting unnecessary overtime paid to firefighters.


Brigade issues killer warning to mark National No Smoking Day

One in three deaths that occur in accidental house fires is caused by cigarettes or other smoking materials such as matches and cigars, says London Fire Brigade.


Fire Brigade turns to Twitter to keep Londoners informed on major incidents

Brigade now using Twitter to keep Londoners informed.


London Fire Brigade staff honoured at annual Special Achievement Awards

Some of the Brigade's most dedicated and innovative staff have been recognised in the annual Special Achievement Awards


Top senior woman firefighter makes most influential woman in London list

The highest ranking operational woman firefighter in the UK has been included in a poll to find the most influential woman in London over the last 100 years.


Take care with your chips to save your bacon

Brigade highlights chip pan dangers.

Blazing Sunday for London firefighters

Firefighters called to several large incidents across the capital.


Capital’s vulnerable a top fire safety priority

Brigade makes firm commitment to disabled people across the capital.


Candle fire guts family home

Candle fire destroys home in west London.


Young Londoners awarded for achievements in LIFE

Young people from across the capital have been recognised for their outstanding achievements while attending a firefighting skills course run by the London Fire Brigade.


FBU accepts collective agreement but trade dispute goes on

FBU: Fire dispute not over yet.


Fire dispute set to be resolved

End of fire dispute in sight.


Punch Taverns hit with fine

A brewery has been ordered to pay £27,481 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to serious breaches of fire safety legislation following a prosecution brought by the London Fire Brigade.

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