London Fire Brigade

News Releases 2013


Sort out excessive false alarm call outs or pay the penalty, Brigade warns

From Wednesday, 1 January the London Fire Brigade (LFB) will be the first fire service in the country to recover costs from buildings like hospitals, airports and student digs with a poor false alarm record.


Animal arsonists and magic spells: London's weirdest causes of fire

London Fire Brigade fire investigators have revealed some of the weird and wonderful causes of the blazes they attend in a bid to highlight the importance of fire safety.


Fire chief concerned about festive fires during strikes

The most senior fire officer in London today expressed concern about house fires during the festive period, following the announcement that members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will be on strike on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Seventh FBU strike ends

The seventh strike by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) this evening (Tuesday, 24 December) has now ended.


Fire chiefs call for action on recycling site after 11 fires

London fire chiefs are asking the Environment Agency to step in after figures reveal repeated 999 call outs to a Orpington recycling centre have cost the Brigade over half a million pounds.


London fire judicial review ruling

The judicial review which challenged the Fifth London Safety Plan has not been successful.


Brigade warns Christmas revellers not to lose their keys

‘Locked out’ calls have cost taxpayers nearly £10 million over the last four years, with London’s fire crews attending 28,712 of the calls since April 2009.


Three further FBU strike dates announced

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced three further strike dates.


Sixth FBU strike ends

The four hour strike staged by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) this evening (Saturday) has now ended.


Christmas party goers urged to get a takeaway during strikes

London Fire Brigade is asking people to get a takeaway rather than cooking whilst drunk this Friday and Saturday night as the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is on strike.

Fifth FBU strike ends

Over the four hour period the Brigade’s 999 control officers received 96 calls. Of these, contingency fire crews attended and successfully dealt with 14 incidents.


Electric heater warning ahead of ‘worst winter in a generation’

New figures released today show that fires caused by electrical heaters have resulted in 11 deaths and nearly 80 injuries over the past five winters.


Brigade prepares for further strikes

Two further FBU strike dates announced


Firefighters prevent pet from becoming an ex parrot

Parrot rescued from house fire in Hayes

Fire Brigades Union vote in favour of industrial action short of a strike

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced a majority vote (15,758 of 18,446) for industrial action short of a strike, but have not yet announced when this additional action would take place.


Fire chiefs urge Christmas shoppers to buy gifts with care

Fire chiefs are warning Christmas shoppers to take extra care this festive season by making sure the gifts they buy their nearest and dearest do not inadvertently put them in danger.


Brigade teams up with housing providers to improve high rise safety

London Fire Brigade has joined forces with housing providers in nine London boroughs as part of its on-going drive to improve its emergency response to fires in the capital’s high rise buildings.

Muswell Hill landlord fined for putting tenants at risk

A Haringey landlord has been fined a total of £12,520 for flouting fire safety laws in a Muswell Hill house he was renting out


Cannabis factory fires at an all time high

Cannabis factory fires have more than doubled in the last two years according to new figures released today by London Fire Brigade.


Fire chiefs express concern over viral video of tea light flower pot heater

With icy weather forecast for the next two weeks, senior officers at the London Fire Brigade have today expressed safety concerns about people taking risks to stay warm, following an online video that shows a man heating his study using tea light candles


Brigade stages tower block exercise in Barking

London Fire Brigade is staging a training exercise in a Barking tower block to further improve its emergency response to fires in residential high rise buildings.


Four hour strike ends

Contingency firefighters deal with two fires affecting people's homes

Brigade targets stay at home mums during fire strike

The London Fire Brigade is urging the UK’s stay-at-home mums to take care today, during the national Fire Brigades Union strike.


Bonfire Night 2013 quietest on record as call outs continue to fall

The London Fire Brigade has said that this year’s Bonfire Night was the quietest on record, with just 119 fires in the capital during the whole of 5th November.


Contingency fire crews ready as fourth strike announced

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) have announced a further strike on Wednesday, 13 November between 10am and 2pm.


End of two hour Fire Brigades Union strike

During today’s two hour Fire Brigades Union (FBU) strike the Brigade’s contingency crews attended a fire in a block of flats on Saint Leonards Street in Bromley by Bow.


London Fire Brigade statement following the FBU strike on 1 November 2013

This dispute is between the FBU and government about changes to firefighter pensions, but London Fire Brigade is responsible for providing a contingency fire service to the capital when strike action is taken.


Striking FBU staff recalled to duty

Due to an on-going major incident in Dagenham all striking FBU staff who would normally be on duty are immediately being recalled to their fire stations under the terms of the agreed Recall to Duty Procedure.

Fire Commissioner stands by recall of crews

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: “The large fire in Dagenham is on-going and has been declared a major incident.


Holy smoke

An iron caused a fire in a flat in Walworth at the weekend after a family accidentally left it on when they went to church on Sunday, say fire investigators from the London Fire Brigade.

Cancel your amateur firework displays on “strike Friday” warns Brigade

London Fire Brigade is asking people to cancel their amateur firework displays this Friday and attend organised displays instead because of the national Fire Brigades Union strike.


London Fire Brigade receives 412 emergency calls as superstorm sweeps the capital

The London Fire Brigade said today that it received more than 13 times the usual number of calls for a Monday morning at the height of the superstorm, St Jude.


Brigade urges caution with fireworks ahead of FBU strike

Next FBU strike to fall ahead of Bonfire Night and Diwali

London fire chiefs urge caution ahead of ‘biggest storm since 1987’

London Fire Brigade is urging Londoners to take care as the capital is expected to be hit with heavy rain and winds that could reach up to 80mph.


Flat blaze started by ‘cooked camera’

A digital camera that had been hidden inside an oven caused a fire last week when a man went to cook his dinner, not realising the camera was inside.


Strictly and X Factor viewers urged to take care during strike

As well as Strictly Come Dancing and the X Factor, this Saturday night, 19 October, will also see the second national firefighter strike over a dispute with Government over pensions.

Saturday's firefighters' strike cancelled

The London Fire Brigade has had official confirmation that the Fire Brigades Union strike planned for Saturday, 19 October has been called off


Brigade partners up to tackle beds in sheds blazes

London Fire Brigade has joined forces with the Gangmasters Licensing Authority to help drive down fires in ‘beds in sheds’ and other unsafe sleeping accommodation.

Fire chiefs slam food blogger for promoting cooking when ‘hosed’

London Fire Brigade is reminding people that they should stay out of the kitchen after a few too many, following the recent publication of an article, ‘How to whisk up a mean pissed pasta,’ in the Evening Standard.


“There’s a spider on my pillow!” London Fire Brigade reveals its strangest 999 calls

In a continued bid to drive down non-emergency calls, the London Fire Brigade has revealed the strangest calls to its 999 Control centre.

London Fire Chief: We’re as prepared as ever for strike

Ron Dobson, the London Fire Commissioner, today said that the London Fire Brigade is prepared for further strike action from the Fire Brigades’ Union.


Brigade issues fire safety warning after chicken shop prosecuted

London Fire Brigade says the prosecution of a Croydon chicken shop owner handed a 15 month suspended prison sentence for flouting fire safety laws should serve as a stark warning to business owners and landlords.


Tough new penalties for non-emergency lift rescues

London Fire Brigade has today announced that councils and businesses will face tough new penalties if they persistently call 999 to deal with non-emergency lift call outs.


End of four hour firefighter strike

During today’s four hour firefighter strike the London Fire Brigade received eighty four 999 calls and Emergency Fire Contingency Crews (EFCC) attended eight incidents in the capital.


Take extra care warning issuing as national fire brigades union strike looms

Ahead of the national Fire Brigades Union (FBU) strike, London Fire Brigade is reassuring Londoners that it will be responding to 999 calls throughout the four hour walk-out on Wednesday, 25 September but says it wants people to take extra care


Brigade launches #safetyselfie campaign

The London Fire Brigade has launched an innovative social media safety campaign aimed at preventing fires and saving lives.


Brigade prepared as date for national fire strike announced

Following today’s announcement of strike action by the Fire Brigades Union the London Fire Brigade says it is ready and prepared to respond with a contingency level of fire and rescue service during the industrial action.


Fire Authority votes to approve proposals on future of capital’s fire service

London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority has voted to approve the final version of the draft fifth London Safety Plan (LSP5)


Off duty firefighters save heart attack victim’s life

Two off duty firefighters, helped save the life of a football fan who collapsed after a Charlton game at The Valley on Saturday (31 August)

Restaurant owner loses appeal against fine for fire safety offences

A former boss of a Hounslow restaurant has lost his appeal against a £10,800 fine for eight breaches of fire safety regulations.


Capital’s fire service gears up for firefighter strike

London Fire Brigade said today it is ready and prepared to deal with a firefighter strike, following the announcement that 78 per cent of Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU) members who took part in the ballot have voted in favour of strike action.


Hoax calls drop as phone boxes gather dust, says London Fire Brigade

Hoax calls made to the London Fire Brigade’s 999 control centre have dropped by 48 per cent in the last seven years, Brigade officials said today.


Brigade visits prevent five thousand fires in London

New research released today by the London Fire Brigade shows that vulnerable people are 18 times less likely to have a fire if they receive a home fire safety visit from firefighters.


Fire engines removed to prepare for possible pensions strike

London Fire Brigade said today that 27 fire engines have been temporarily removed from fire stations across London as part of the Brigade’s contingency plan to prepare for a potential strike over firefighter pensions by the Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU).


Fire station rebuild programme gets underway

Work on a major construction programme which will see nine of the capital’s ageing fire stations being rebuilt is set to get underway from September.


Mirror sets curtains on fire while residents are on holiday

Home in Enfield damaged after vanity mirror magnifies and focuses suns rays while family are away on holiday.


Mayor’s direction on London Safety Plan

The Mayor has issued a direction to London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) to adopt and publish the final Fifth London Safety Plan as presented by London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson on Thursday, 18 July


Number of people trapped in objects like handcuffs and toilet seat rises

Brigade says incidents involving handcuffs, toilet seats and electrical items went up last year


Following forest fires firefighters focus on flash floods

After dealing with a huge increase in grass and forest fires, London’s firefighters are now on flood alert after the Met Office issued a ‘yellow alert’ severe weather warning for the capital tonight and into tomorrow.

Fire Chiefs issue air conditioner warning

With a long, hot summer predicted, fire chiefs are warning businesses to check their air conditioning systems are in good working order following two blazes caused by poorly maintained units in a week.

Grass fires increase to 29 a day

London firefighters have attended an average of 29 grass fires a day this July (1-21). The total number of grass fires for that period is 613 - seven times higher than last year. The busiest day was last Monday, (15 July) with 52 grass fires attended.


Firefighters dealing with worst grass fires since 2006

London’s firefighters had a busy day yesterday dealing with a spate of grass fires across London, the worst since the summer of 2006.


Brigade concerned as grass fires double

Firefighters are dealing with twice as many grass fires in London compared with last year


Dry grass could lead to ashes heartache this summer Brigade warns

The hot weather may be great for the cricket between England and Australia but London firefighters are dealing with 15 grass fires every day which could rise unless people act responsibly.


Commissioner publishes latest proposals on future of capital's fire service

The London Fire Commissioner has today published revised proposals for the future of the capital’s fire and rescue service, which will now be discussed by the Fire Authority on Thursday, 18 July.


London crews scoop multiple awards at top rescue competition

London crews take home top prize in several award categories at UK Rescue Challenge


Brigade issues candle warning after EastEnders blaze

After another explosive edition of EastEnders, London Fire Brigade is reminding people that mixing candles and too much alcohol can lead to disaster.


Brigade in barbecue blaze warning ahead of heat wave

Following four barbecue blazes in the capital during last Sunday’s hot weather, the London Fire Brigade has issued an urgent ‘barbecue blaze’ warning.


Smoke alarms are essential warns London Fire Brigade

Following a national media story about children sleeping through the sound of smoke alarms the London Fire Brigade is stressing the importance of smoke alarms and teaching children about the dangers of fire.


London Fire Commissioner's comment on Government Spending Review

Speaking on the Chancellor’s announcement, London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: “It’s essential government recognise that the fire and rescue service needs a level of protection


Sprinklers prevent serious school blaze

London Fire Brigade say that a Carshalton school’s sprinkler system played a vital role in helping to limit the damage when a fire broke out in a classroom yesterday (Monday).


Deputy Commissioner Rita Dexter awarded OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Rita was awarded the medal for her distinguished contribution to local government and the fire and rescue service over the last 35 years.


Last chance to get involved in fire consultation

London Fire Commissioner is reminding Londoners that they still have time to get involved in the public consultation on the future of the London Fire Brigade.

Rhino fundraiser offered BBQ lesson by fire crews

London Fire Brigade is offering to give fire safety advice to a barbecue-a-day fundraiser after pictures of him cooking caused concern.


Brigade pledges to take lead on high rise safety following Lakanal inquest

London Fire Brigade has today pledged to play a leading role in promoting a wider understanding of fire safety among high rise residents.


London Fire Brigade comment about Oklahoma tornado

Capital's fire crews highly trained to deal with large-scale rescue operations


Fire Commissioner response to report into fire and rescue services

Commissioner welcomes opportunity to feed into report


Firefighters stage ‘limo chop’ in Covent Garden to highlight dangers of illegal limousines

The London Fire Brigade has joined forces with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), Transport for London (TfL) and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in a bid to make people more vigilant when hiring a limousine.


Brigade plans to recoup false alarm cost from culprits

Hospitals could face £700,00 bill


Brigade gets FIRED-uP about greener vehicle fleet

London Fire Brigade has joined forces with Ghent Fire Brigade in Belgium in a project designed to make both fire and rescue services greener.


Former health spa boss gets suspended prison sentence for flouting fire safety laws

The former owner and retired director of a Clapham health spa has been handed a four month suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay £30,000 court costs for breaking fire safety laws.


Ten care home fires a week prompts Brigade sprinklers call

New figures released by London Fire Brigade reveal that there are more than ten fires a week in the capital’s care homes and sheltered accommodation.


Brigade’s social media reduces young professionals’ fires

New figures released today by the London Fire Brigade show that young professionals are having two fewer fires a week since the Brigade started using social media to share vital fire safety advice with the public.


Newborn foal “Steve” saved from river ordeal

London Fire Brigade said today that a newborn baby foal was rescued by its specially trained firefighters this morning from the River Lea in Essex after being trapped in the water by 12 foot banks overnight.


Brigade issues ‘beauty blaze’ warning after hairdryer fire

Firefighters highlight fires caused by mirrors, candles, straighteners and hairdryers.


Four million see Facebook straighteners photo

London Fire Brigade said today that over four million people – half of the population of London – have seen an image of a set of burnt hair straighteners it posted on its Facebook page yesterday.


Londoners invited to attend public meetings on future of Brigade

Londoners are being urged to attend public meetings to have their say on the future of the capital’s fire service.


Lakanal inquests verdict: Commissioner's statement

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: “This was a tragic fire and I would like to express my personal sadness and offer condolences from all at the London Fire Brigade to the families and loved ones of those who died on 3 July 2009.


Car wash blaze exposes “beds in sheds deathtrap”

Six people, including two young children, were ‘lucky to escape with their lives’ after the blaze broke out on Wednesday night in the car wash immediately below their unsafe living accommodation.


Landlord receives suspended prison sentence for breaking fire safety laws

A landlord who rented out rooms in a disused Kentish Town pub has received a suspended prison sentence and ordered to carry out 100 hours of community service for breaking fire safety laws.


Public chance to have their say on fire brigade proposals

The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority is today launching a public consultation on its Draft Fifth London Safety Plan, which outlines how the Authority will continue to keep Londoners safe over the next three years.


Fire chiefs warn night club owners ‘no room for complacency’ in wake of Brazil tragedy

231 people killed in nightclub fire over weekend


Fire Authority votes on Draft Fifth London Safety Plan

Members of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority met today (Monday, 21 January) to discuss the draft Fifth London Safety Plan.

Firefighters in ice warning after three rescued from London lakes

Two men and a child rescued from frozen lakes


Firefighters urge caution during 'arctic blast'

Serious fires caused by Londoners taking 'extreme measures' to keep warm


London Fire Brigade publishes savings proposals

The Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade has published proposals for the Draft Fifth London Safety Plan..


Drying clothes by barbecue leaves six people in hospital

Six people including four young children were taken to hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning after a woman used a barbecue indoors to dry her clothes.


New report calls for safer fridge freezers

Modern fridges and freezers are the ‘most dangerous household appliance when involved in a fire’, according to a new report from the London Fire Brigade (LFB).

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