London Fire Brigade

News Releases 2016

31/12/2016

Brigade’s firefighters named in New Year Honours List

Firefighter Simon Jakeman and retired firefighter Peter Clarke both awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM)


29/12/2016

LFB150 - The Second Great Fire of London

Around 100,000 bombs fell on the City of London in a few hours causing a blaze that would become known as the Second Great Fire of London.


26/12/2016

Firefighters rescue Christmas for London’s most vulnerable

Fire crews cook a traditional festive meal to celebrate with local residents.


22/12/2016

Interim Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton takes charge

Dany joined the Brigade at the age of 18 and has risen through the ranks to become one of the highest ranking women firefighters in Europe.


21/12/2016

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson leaves after 37 year career

He joined the Brigade in 1979 and rose through the ranks to become Commissioner in 2007.


19/12/2016

Don't let fake electrical chargers cause a Christmas catastrophe

Since 2013, our crews have attended 15 fires involving these dodgy devices and other counterfeit chargers.


14/12/2016

Brigade premieres new BBC virtual reality film of terrifying Christmas Day blaze

Brigade Museum hosts immersive film showing the dramatic real-life story of a crew of firefighters on Christmas Day


13/12/2016

LFB150 - Remembering the 1974 Worsley Hotel fire

Seven people were killed, including a firefighter, after a fire was deliberately started in Maida Vale.


12/12/2016

LFB150 - Clapham train crash 1988

Three commuter trains collided killing 35 people and injuring hundreds more.


11/12/2016

LFB150 - The 2005 Buncefield fuel depot fire

Sixteen fire services from around the UK, including London Fire Brigade, had joined in the firefighting effort to put out the largest peacetime blaze in the UK.


07/12/2016

LFB150 - The 1882 Alhambra theatre fire

Twenty five steam fire engines battled a fire at Alhambra theatre in 1882, where the Odeon now stands in Leicester Square.


05/12/2016

Mayor urges Londoners to have their say on the future of the Brigade

The consultation starts today on the latest draft London Safety Plan, which includes proposals to expand the Brigade's capacity to respond to a terrorist incident.


04/12/2016

LFB150 - The 1964 Bishopsgate Goodsyard fire

Forty fire engines and more than 230 firefighters tackled fire where Shoreditch High Street Station now stands.


02/12/2016

Firefighters help fundraisers ‘fly’ across the Thames

Our specialist firefighters have rigged up a zip wire across the Thames in a bid raise over £1 million for Evelina London Children’s Hospital.


30/11/2016

LFB150 - The 80th anniversary of the Crystal Palace fire

On this day in 1936 a fire broke out that destroyed one of London's finest landmarks.


London’s Burning ‘Blackwall’ fire station reopened by cast and current firefighters

A brand new state-of-the-art fire station opens at the former London's Burning fire station


25/11/2016

LFB150 – LeSurf sisters wave goodbye to the Brigade

Two of the fire services most famous sisters will have a send off to mark their incredible service to London Fire Brigade.


24/11/2016

Brigade’s four year draft plan approved by fire authority

Draft plans which outline our four year vision for making the capital the world’s safest global city have been given the green light.


23/11/2016

Attendance at road traffic collisions at five year high

The new figures, which have been released to coincide with Road Safety Week, show crews attend more than 10 road traffic collisions on London’s roads every day


18/11/2016

LFB150 - The 29th anniversary of the King’s Cross fire

The worst fire in the history of the London Underground claimed the lives of 31 people, including a senior ranked firefighter, and injured many more.


14/11/2016

New firefighter pops the question at graduation

Graduate firefighter proposes during firefighter passing out parade


Education Team celebrates 15th anniversary in Brigade's 150th year

More than 1.5 million children have benefitted from interactive educational workshops since 2001.


10/11/2016

Saturday’s Bonfire Night one of the busiest in recent years

London Fire Brigade say that preliminary statistics from Bonfire Night 2016 show an increase of 32 per cent on last year.


07/11/2016

Brigade to hold first ever zip wire across the Thames to raise £1M

Fire officer aims to raise vital funds for Evelina London Children's Hospital.


04/11/2016

Total Recalls: Fatal fire anniversary prompts campaign push

Coroner’s call for white goods’ improvements still not implemented two years on


Care home company ordered to pay £30,000 fire safety fine after blaze

Residents' safety put at risk by blocked escape routes


01/11/2016

Firework warning a year after woman nearly dies in fire

One year after woman nearly dies in blaze, Brigade urges public to take care with fireworks


28/10/2016

London's first pop-up firefighting museum to open 9 November 2016

The attraction will be based in the old workshop at the rear of the Brigade's Grade II listed former Headquarters.


27/10/2016

Halloween and Diwali double celebration sparks candle warning

Over the last fire years,a round late October and early November, firefighters have attended 119 fires caused by candles, incense and oil burners.


22/10/2016

LFB 150 - Remembering the Zotefoams factory fire 2000

An unusual fire that developed rapidly with high levels of smoke caused by self-heating polythene granules.


20/10/2016

Fire chiefs warn people to stop smoking or risk dying in a fire

For the first time ever the Brigade is telling smokers to quit, or risk dying in a fire.


18/10/2016

Brigade's fire investigation dog Roscoe wins Animal of the Year award

Springer spaniel began working with the Brigade 11 years ago, has not missed a single shift and assisted at the scene of more than 600 fires across the capital


17/10/2016

Total Recalls: White goods fires cost economy £118m since 2011

New data shows firefighters have attended almost one fire day caused by lethal faulty white goods.


13/10/2016

LFB 150 - The history of horses in the Brigade

It is almost 95 years since the Brigade's final horse-drawn turntable turned out of a station.


12/10/2016

Official opening of new Purley fire station

Mayor of Croydon opens new station


11/10/2016

Exercise Unified Response evaluation conference

Europe's largest ever disaster exercise will be reviewed on 12 October.


10/10/2016

Ceremony for only UK firefighter to die at Hillsborough Disaster

Firefighters from London and Merseyside paid tribute to Francis McAllister on what would have been his 55th birthday.


07/10/2016

LFB 150 - Soho fire station bombed in 1940

We look back at the bombing of Soho fire station in 1940.


06/10/2016

Total Recalls: Investigation concludes dryer to blame for Shepherd’s Bush blaze

Renewed calls to change faulty white goods’ advice


05/10/2016

LFB 150 - Remembering the Ladbroke Grove rail disaster of 1999

Two passenger trains collided 17 years ago killing 31 people and injuring hundreds.


03/10/2016

LFB 150 - Plaque unveiled to fallen firefighter Michael Lee

Forty seven years on from tragic incident in a derelict World War II air raid shelter.


30/09/2016

London primary schools invited for ‘Great Fire’ lessons at a modern day fire station

Teachers can book interactive storytelling sessions for Key Stage 1 schoolchildren


25/09/2016

LFB 150 - Colonial Wharf fire: Eighty-one years on

Four hundred firefighters, thirty five fire engines and three fire boats battled the fire for four days.


22/09/2016

Interim Fire Commissioner appointed

The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority have appointed Dany Cotton as Interim London Fire Commissioner.


21/09/2016

Londoners urged to keep crystal furnishings out of sunlight after glass doorknob sparks blaze

The sun's rays were focused on to nearby clothes causing a fire.


20/09/2016

Teams do Brigade proud in 'firefighter Olympics'

Hundreds of firefighters from around the world were pushed to their limit as they competed against each other in six categories.


19/09/2016

Carbon monoxide alarm saves six lives after waking residents in Islington

Importance of carbon monoxide alarms highlighted in Gas Safety Week


14/09/2016

Fire engine mad Eddie spends time with Leytonstone crews

Two-year-old boy, who suffered a serious illness earlier this year, has a dream day out at a London fire station


MPs back our Total Recalls campaign after Shepherd's Bush fire

The Chair of the Select Committee for Business, Innovation and Skills, Iain Wright MP, has written to the Managing Director of Whirlpool UK


13/09/2016

London’s first pop-up firefighting museum set to open in Lambeth

The venue will be free to visit and open in autumn this year.


09/09/2016

Groundbreaking wartime firefighting hero recognised with blue plaque

George Arthur Roberts served in the British army and in the London Fire Brigade.


07/09/2016

The Prince of Wales officially re-opens Shadwell fire station in celebration of 150th anniversary

His Royal Highness watched a firefighter drill, as well as meeting our fire cadets, local school children and fire investigation dog, Sherlock.


02/09/2016

Brigade tests high rise response in Waltham Forest

We are staging a series of training exercises in a Leytonstone tower block.


01/09/2016

Brigade launches postcode profiler

New tool will give insight into what the we know about the capital, ranging from the fire risks that worry Londoners to the work the Brigade is doing to address those risks.


31/08/2016

Brigade first in London to turn all blue light cars ‘green’

Fire officers will use a fleet of 52 ultra low emission BMWi3 ranger-extender model cars.


30/08/2016

Firefighters back Mary Berry in deep fat fryer 'spat' with Greg Wallace

Deep fat fryers and chip pans cause at least one fire per week


26/08/2016

We want Whirlpool to change advice on faulty white goods after tower block blaze

After a devastating fire in Shepherds Bush we want Whirlpool to change their advice.


19/08/2016

#Oneladschallenge comes to the Brigade's HQ

A ten-year-old boy is on a mission to see every fire station in the country while raising money for the Fire Fighters Charity


17/08/2016

Join us for Safe in the City 150th anniversary bash

We will be staging our flagship 150th anniversary event this Saturday when we hosts the biggest family fun day in our history.


16/08/2016

LFB 150 - Denmark Place: One of the deadliest fires in the capital since World War II

Thirty-seven people were killed in arson attack on two unlicensed bars.


12/08/2016

Hackney Borough Commander shares his experience of the 2011 London riots

Five years' ago Steve Dudeney was off-duty when he received an urgent call to assist with civil disturbance in Tottenham.


LFB 150 - Four years since Dagenham recycle centre fire

Forty fire engines and more than 200 firefighters tackled blaze on day of London Olympics closing ceremony.


11/08/2016

Brigade staff shine at British Firefighter Challenge

Four London firefighters competed in the inaugural British Firefighter Challenge in Nottingham in a bid to be crowned the fittest firefighter.


Fire brigade founder honoured with forest opened in his name

Named after the father of firefighting.


09/08/2016

LFB150 – 45th anniversary of Wilson’s Wharf fire of 1971

More than 300 firefighters and 50 pumps tackled a blaze in an unoccupied refrigerated warehouse in Southwark.


08/08/2016

Greenwich fire stations get easily accessible life-saving equipment

Defibrillators have been fitted as part of the London Ambulance's Shockingly Easy campaign.


05/08/2016

Fire Chief: “Riots one of busiest and most unpleasant period in Brigade’s 150 year history”

On the fifth anniversary since the 2011 London-wide riots, the Brigade looks back on the role it played during the disturbances


Brigade packs away 20,000 objects to prepare for new fire museum

Over 400 tunics and pairs of trousers, around 350 helmets and eleven vintage fire engines packed away until a permanenet new home is built for the museum.


04/08/2016

Be part of the action at 150th anniversary Safe in the City event

We are giving our Facebook followers the chance to take part in a real live firefighter rescue later this month.


03/08/2016

Hillingdon firefighters to launch Trauma Teddies initiative

Trauma Teddies will ride on board fire engines alongside firefighters


29/07/2016

Great send off for wartime woman firefighter 'Big G'

Our staff joined family and friends of one of London Fire Brigade's most remarkable wartime women firefighters at her funeral today.


Animal rescues down since launch of Brigade's campaign

New figures show a 20 per cent drop over the last five years


28/07/2016

Miracle man who survived 98% burns thanks firefighters in emotional reunion

Constantin Huber was engulfed in flames during an explosion in Hackney last year.


27/07/2016

Total Recalls: Campaign launched to defuse white goods ‘time bomb’

New figures suggest almost one in three Brits would continue to use appliancess such as fridge freezers even if they started making strange noises.


26/07/2016

“Hello fire brigade, can I have a Big Mac?” – weirdest hoax calls revealed

Parents urged to talk to children about importance of not making hoax calls


18/07/2016

Heatwave sparks barbecue fire warning

New figures show firefighters attend two barbecue fires per week in summer


17/07/2016

Looking back at the Dudgeon's Wharf disaster

Today marks 47 years since five firefighters and a construction worker lost their lives when an oil tank exploded at Dudgeons Wharf on the Isle of Dogs.


12/07/2016

Brigade takes part in historic Cart Marking Parade

Our brand new fire engine will be taking part in one of the oldest ceremonies in the City of London on Wednesday (13 July) as we continue to mark our 150th anniversary


Enfield Borough Commander Les Bowman retires after more than 30 years of service

London Fire Brigade’s longest serving current black fire senior officer has retired after more than 30 years operational service.


04/07/2016

Clapham schoolchildren say thank you to local crews

Firefighters presented with handmade card


Brigade marks 150th anniversary with Cathedral thanksgiving

A parade and special service of thanksgiving was held in Southwark Cathedral on Tuesday (5 July) to mark our 150th anniversary


01/07/2016

Battle of the Somme Centenary Commemorations

This morning our staff joined the rest of the country to take part in a national two-minute silence.


Ten year plan to make Brigade the most diverse in the country

Plan launched to increase efforts to encourage applicants from a range of backgrounds to work for the Brigade


30/06/2016

Hoses, rakes and ladders at Hampton Court Flower Show

Fire fighter Simon Jakeman is representing the Brigade at the Hampton Court Flower Show


27/06/2016

“Call the midwife!” Firefighters deliver baby boy on roadside in south London

Firefighters help dad to deliver baby boy on roadside


24/06/2016

Historical Lambeth Fire Station opens its doors

A bumper weekend of Open Days ahead. We take a look at Lambeth Fire Stations history.


23/06/2016

Brigade women in engineering

Today is National Women in Engineering Day and we're celebrating our women in fire engineering.


22/06/2016

James Braidwood: Father of Firefighting

Today we commemorate the death of London’s first Fire Chief


19/06/2016

QUIZ: Can you name these 17 London Fire Brigade fire stations?

How well do you know our stations?


17/06/2016

Now and then: fascinating photos show how some of London's old fire stations are being reused

The changing face of the fire service in the 21st century.


16/06/2016

Fire chief tells Euro 2016 fans to eat away from home

Football fans who are spending their afternoons down the pub watching Euro 2016 are being told to eat out rather than cooking at home and risking burning down their house.


14/06/2016

Staff sports day to celebrate 150 years of London Fire Brigade

Over a thousand staff took part in a two day festival of sport at the Copper Box Arena.


11/06/2016

History making woman firefighter recognised in Queen’s birthday honours

Sally Harper has been awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal.


06/06/2016

Children stuck in toilets drives London firefighters potty

New figures reveal crews receive average of four call outs a day to rescue youngsters from objects


LFB150: Looking back at the Leinster Towers Hotel fire in 1969

"Excellence of the firefighting" meant not a single life was lost as crews rescued 50 people from a blaze at a 200-bedroom hotel.


31/05/2016

Linford Christie quick out the blocks to assist firefighters after Hillingdon traffic collision

The former Olympic 100m champion helped direct crews to the scene.


Brand new Leytonstone fire station officially opened by Mayor of Waltham Forest

Firefighters began operating out of the state-of-the-art building in February this year.


26/05/2016

Fires and fire deaths down over five years

Last year a total of 36 people died from fire in the capital compared with 47 five years ago. There were 20,770 fires in London last year down by a quarter on 2011/12.


24/05/2016

Awards given to firefighters who saved and raised money for Max the husky

More than £8,000 for raised for injured puppy that was run over by a double decker bus.


21/05/2016

LFB 150: Remembering the Cutty Sark fire 2007

On this day nine years ago, 100ft. flames engulfed the Cutty Sark while it was undergoing restoration at it's dry dock in Greenwich.


19/05/2016

Vauxhall Zafira's recalled again as Brigade attends 120 fires in last four years

Vauxhall Zafira B cars have been recalled for a second time as a "preventative action" due to fire concerns.


17/05/2016

Brigade renews appeal for Government to take action on dangerous white goods

Lucky escape from Friday 13th tumble dryer fire


13/05/2016

Green champion firefighter honoured to represent WWF at the Queen's 90th birthday celebration

Simon Jakeman has been chosen in recognition of his volunteering work as an Earth Hour ambassador.


11/05/2016

Dockhead crews move into brand new fire station

'London's Burning' station completely rebuilt


LFB 150: Covent Garden warehouse fire

At the time, a newspaper called it "one of the biggest fires in central London since the enemy raids of the war".


10/05/2016

Brixton shop owner handed suspended sentence for breaking fire safety laws

The leaseholder of a food and wine store with a flat above received a two-month suspended prison sentence, after we successfully prosecuted them.


09/05/2016

Brigade concerned about heatwave Serpentine swim

Online video highlights the dangers of jumping into water


06/05/2016

'Ibiza heatwave' prompts firefighter warnings

Temperatures set to soar this weekend with the hottest day of the year so far.


30/04/2016

New Cross Open Day: celebrate Brigade’s 150th anniversary at Europe’s oldest operational fire station

Visitors can enjoy a family fun filled day, packed with free activities on Sunday, 8 May.


29/04/2016

New Brigade vehicle prototype gets royal approval

His Royal Highness Prince Charles inspects the prototype for London Fire Brigade’s new fire engines


28/04/2016

LFB 150: World’s oldest firefighter celebrated in Brigade’s historic year

At 105-years-old, John "Jack" Corbett served in the fire service during World War II.


22/04/2016

Brigade issues open water warning after 13 London water fatalities in last three years

Fire chiefs are warning people to be more ‘water aware’ during Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Week.


20/04/2016

Shadwell crews move into brand new fire station

New station for east London will provide firefighters with modern facilities that meet the demands of a 21st century fire and rescue service.


19/04/2016

LFB 150: Anniversary of largest single loss of fire brigade personnel

On 19 April 1941, the Old Palace School on St Leonard’s Street, was being used as a fire station during the war when it received a direct hit fro


18/04/2016

Brigade enters ring with Prince’s Trust for Lambeth boxing project

Unique boxing and firefighting skills course aims to be a knock out with young people.


15/04/2016

London Fire Brigade 150th anniversary celebrations at Fulham Fire Station

Fulham Fire Station opens its doors on Saturday 23 April, from 10.30am to 4.30pm for a free fun filled day for the community to celebrate our 150th anniversary and learn life saving fire safety lessons.


14/04/2016

London Marathon world record attempt by Brigade staff

A London fire engine powered by eight legs will attempt an incredible world record at this year’s London Marathon as part of our 150th celebrations.


Firefighters reach out to victims of domestic violence

Women and young people helped by pioneering new scheme


12/04/2016

Firefighters brand Fire Spray Challenge "stupid and dangerous"

Brigade is concerned that a worrying new trend in the United States may spread to the UK and is asking parents to talk to their children about fire safety.


11/04/2016

Celebrating our 150th anniversary at Richmond Fire Station

Richmond Fire Station opens its doors on Saturday, 16 April from 12pm to 4pm for a free fun filled day for the community to celebrate our 150th anniversary and learn life saving fire safety lessons.


08/04/2016

Mother and daughter make firefighting history

Katie Holloway has joined Tooting Fire Station - the same station her mother, Station Manager Sally Harper, was first posted to in 1988.


05/04/2016

Soho Fire Station kicks off 150th anniversary open day celebrations

Soho Fire Station will be the first to host a Playmobil open day to mark our 150th anniversary.


Firefighters save kitten from engine

Tiny black kitten named after firefighter who rescued him


04/04/2016

Brigade supports #Match4Tommy to find donor for firefighter's son

We're backing an urgent appeal for more mixed raced donors as a London Firefighter’s son battles leukaemia.


30/03/2016

Exercise Fallen Sky - training with the RAF

More than 100 firefighters teamed up with Royal Air Force Northolt for a training exercise at the former RAF base in Uxbridge on Monday.


24/03/2016

Brigade appoints first-ever Young Fire Safety Officer to head up our celebration open days

We’ve recruited their first-ever Young Fire Safety Officer with PLAYMOBIL to launch our open days – lucky 7 year old, Archie Cosaitis.


18/03/2016

Purley crews move into brand new station

The brand new building replaces the old station and will provide firefighters with modern facilities that meet the demands of a 21st century fire and rescue service.


17/03/2016

Developer appointed for Albert Embankment multi million pound makeover

Brigade's museum to return to Albert Embankment


Fire Authority approves Budget savings for 2016/17

London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority has approved the Brigade's budget for 2016/17, closing a budget gap of £11.5m.


14/03/2016

White goods 'time bomb' exposed, warn fire chiefs

Thousands of people could have products such as dishwashers, washing machines, tumble dryers, fridges and freezers that have potentially lethal defects sitting in their kitchens.


13/03/2016

LFB 150: One year on since the Battersea Arts Centre fire

Firefighters managed tackle "challenging fire" and save a historic glass dome in the Grade II-listed building.


07/03/2016

LFB 150: Remembering Butler's Wharf 1931, the Brigade's coldest fire

A huge fire broke out in a rubber and tea warehouse on this day 85 years ago.


04/03/2016

IN PICTURES: Exercise Unified Response

More than 1,000 casualties, thousands of tonnes of rubble, seven tube carriages and hundreds of emergency service responders, Exercise Unified Response has been over a year in the planning.


LFB 150: 27 years since the fatal Purley train crash

Five people were killed and 88 injured when two passenger trains collided in 1989.


01/03/2016

Enfield – industrial yard blaze

Firefighters prevent smoke closing sections of the M25


29/02/2016

Europe’s biggest ever disaster training exercise begins today

With over 1,000 casualties, thousands of tonnes of rubble, seven tube carriages and hundreds of emergency service responders, Exercise Unified Response has been over a year in the planning.


28/02/2016

Remembering the 1975 Moorgate tube crash

Forty-three people were tragically killed in the worst ever accident on the London Underground during peacetime.


26/02/2016

UK’s first woman firefighter hosts Royal fire safety day at famous Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal presented firefighter Louis Roberts with a certificate for helping educate young people about fire safety at The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre.


24/02/2016

Leytonstone crews move into brand new station

The brand new building replaces the old station and will provide firefighters with modern facilities that meet the demands of a 21st century fire and rescue service.


22/02/2016

Fatal fire stats spark home smoke alarm warning

New figures show that in two thirds of fatal fires over the past three years smoke alarms have not alerted people to the fire because they haven’t been installed or were fitted too far away from where the fire started.


17/02/2016

Official opening of new Orpington fire station

New station officially opened by Bromley mayor


16/02/2016

London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service team up for life-saving trial

New initiative will see firefighters in Merton, Wandsworth, Newham and Lambeth respond to around 28 life-threatening emergencies a week.


11/02/2016

Tenants offered free alarms after landlords ‘ignore’ new law

We are offering tenants in the capital’s privately rented properties free smoke alarms because it fears some ‘rogue’ landlords are putting lives at risk by ignoring new laws.


10/02/2016

Exercise Unified Response launch conference audio clips

The biggest multi-agency exercise in the Brigade's history was successfully launched at a conference at Guildhall, London, on Wednesday 20 January.


09/02/2016

LFB 150: Camden Market Fire 2008

On 9 February 2008, huge fires broke out in London's iconic Camden market. Twenty fire engines were called and 100 firefighters tackled the fire through the night.


Fire Authority to decide on Budget proposals following public consultation

The London Fire Commissioner has today published a report on the Brigade’s budget for 2016/17, which will be discussed by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority on Wednesday, 17 February.


05/02/2016

LFB 150: Remembering Frederick Davies

Today (5 February 2016) marks 70 years since Fireman Frederick Davies was posthumously awarded the George Cross. He died attempting to save two girls from a fire in Harlesden, north-west London.


04/02/2016

Property giant prosecuted after sheltered accommodation blaze

A fire in Sidcup sheltered accommodation block, which injured a 91 year old woman, has led to one of the UK’s largest property service groups being prosecuted by our fire safety and legal teams for breaking fire safety laws.


03/02/2016

London Fire Brigade equipment helping to save lives of Syrians

The director of White Helmets visited Old Kent Road Fire Station to thank us for the equipment that we’ve supplied and which has helped them to rescue over 50,000 people


02/02/2016

Fatal high rise fire should be 'wake up call' says Judge

Housing manager Lewisham Homes has been fined £40,000 and ordered to pay £23,407 prosecution costs for breaking fire safety laws following a fatal fire in a Deptford tower block in which two women died.


01/02/2016

Crew Manager, Victoria, and her firefighter dad make history

Firefighter dad 'proud' of his Crew Manager daughter


30/01/2016

LFB 150: 1918 fire remains our darkest day

On the 30 January 1918, seven firefighters tragically lost their lives when a building collapsed following a fire at the Albert Embankment. The tragedy remains the greatest single loss of London firefighters during peacetime.


29/01/2016

Leaseholder of ‘fire trap’ pub receives 16 month suspended sentence

The former leaseholder of a Walworth public house has received a 16 month suspended prison sentence for breaking fire safety laws following a successful prosecution by London Fire Brigade.


27/01/2016

LFB 150: New book uncovers amazing bravery of Jewish firefighters during the Blitz

Today marks Holocaust Memorial Day and as part of the Brigade’s 150 year celebrations we are championing a new book that documents the bravery of Jewish firefighters in London during the Second World War.


26/01/2016

Dagenham crews move into brand new fire station

State-of-the-art building larger appliance bays, a six-storey drill tower for training and publicly accessible areas.


25/01/2016

LFB 150: Stephen Maynard remembered 36 years after Limehouse ship blaze

Today firefighters past and present stood to remember Leading Fireman Stephen Maynard who died at a ship fire in Limehouse Basin 36 years ago.


Last chance to get involved in London fire budget consultation

The Chairman of London Fire Authority is reminding Londoners that they still have time to get involved in the public consultation on how the Brigade can make £6.4m of budget savings for 2016/17.


24/01/2016

HMS Severn supports our 150th anniversary celebrations

As part of our 150th anniversary celebrations the Royal Navy patrol vessel HMS Severn is arriving in the capital for a four-day visit today.


23/01/2016

LFB 150: Tragic Smithfield fire leads to operational changes

Today (23 January) marks 58 years since a fire at Smithfield Market tragically claimed the lives of two firefighters.


22/01/2016

Cold snap could lead to more electric heater blazes Brigade warns

New figures released today show that fires caused by electrical heaters have resulted in 12 deaths and nearly 231 injuries over the past five years.


21/01/2016

Londoners urged to register appliances as new fire figures released

Over 300 fires a year are caused by white goods and 89 per cent of these are the result of a fault in the appliance or its electrical supply.


20/01/2016

LFB150: The day the whale came to London

On this day a decade ago firefighters try to save the life of a whale that got lost and was swimming in the Thames.


19/01/2016

Brigade sent to the Tower

We will be staging a major multi-agency training exercise at the Tower of London today (Tuesday 19 January).


15/01/2016

Cold snap prompts firefighter ice warning

As the capital braces itself for chilly weather this weekend, we’re warning people to stay at a safe distance away from ice and frozen ponds.


12/01/2016

Brigade pays tribute to London’s first post-war black firefighter ahead of ceremonial funeral

Frank Arthur Bailey came to London from Guyana in 1953 and joined West Ham Fire Brigade in 1955.


Noble firefighter rescues unwise owl in Hayes

Owner located of owl rescued by firefighter’s in her first animal rescue


07/01/2016

London firefighter recognised in New Year’s Honours for sending ambulances to countries in need

A Chelsea firefighter has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours list for voluntary services to people and animals aboard.


01/01/2016

Happy New Year Molly who survived miracle road traffic collision

Firefighters hail her bravery and courage that helped her survive a serious crash in July last year.


Brigade turns 150

We've announced a year of celebration and fire safety events.


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