London Fire Brigade

News Releases 2015


London Fire Brigade’s Director of Operations Dave Brown named in New Year Honours List

Awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal (QFSM) in recognition of his service to the Brigade.

London firefighter's help out in North Yorkshire

Our firefighters have been deployed to Selby in North Yorkshire to help with flood waters.


Firefighters urge party goers not to lose their keys this Christmas

Firefighters have been to 5,798 'locked out' calls this year (up to 11 December) – over half (55%) of which were not deemed emergencies when firefighters arrived on the scene.


Firefighters save Edmonton family’s Christmas after oven fire

Firefighters came to the rescue of a Edmonton family whose oven caught fire just as they started cooking their Christmas dinner, this afternoon.


Girl saves pocket money to deliver Christmas hamper to firefighters

A seven year old girl has given Tottenham firefighters a Christmas hamper after saving her pocket money.


Firefighter’s sticky toffee pudding raising money for charity

Holloway firefighter Alexandra Glen’s recipe for a delicious pudding has been included in a charity cookbook raising money for Action Medical Research.


Exercise Unified Response launch conference

The biggest multi-agency exercise in the Brigade’s history will officially launch at a conference in London next month.


Top 10 boroughs for accidental alcohol related fires revealed

London Fire Brigade has today revealed the top 10 boroughs for accidental alcohol related fires as part of a joint emergency services campaign.


Firefighters raising money for sick children stuck in hospital this Christmas

Wimbledon firefighters are raising money to buy presents and will deliver them with his crew on Christmas Eve to visit sick children in hospital.


Protecting London’s Heritage

Guidance note 80 (GN80) provides fire safety guidance for managers of historic and listed buildings.


Christmas card from London Fire Brigade to New York girl who lost family to fire

London Fire Commissioner has sent a Christmas card to a young New York girl who lost her family in a tragic fire.

Christmas campaign to target time wasters and hoax callers

We'll be tweeting some of the time-wasting and non-emergency calls we receive by using the hashtag #12DaysXmas.


Firefighter Debbie adds flight commander role to CV

Firefighter Debbie Young recently completed an Reserve Army Officer training course making her a Second Lieutenant and a combat role of Flight Commander.


Gunn-ing for a fire brigade family tradition

A near 50-year family connection continued recently when 16-year-old Owen joined as a fire cadet and became the third generation of the Gunn family to be associated with the Brigade and pictured in the same spot.


Brigade sends help to flood-hit Cumbria

Specialist flood advisors offer technical advise and support

Consultation on how Fire Authority makes savings for 2016/17

A public consultation on how London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority can make £6.4m of budget savings for 2016/17 starts today.


Avoid Christmas hoverboard horror

We are warning people to think carefully about buying hoverboards as Christmas presents.


Eat, Drink and Be Safe

Today we proudly launch a new alcohol awareness campaign for the festive period with our colleagues from London's other emergency services.


Brigade triumphs at Design Week Awards

Reusable acrylic 'Searched' tag won best 'industrial product design' and will help save firefighters time when searching buildings.

Proposals on £8.1m saving for fire brigade published

A range of options have been published which outline how London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) can save £8.1m in 2016/7.


Brigade to host biggest ever training exercise at Littlebrook Power Station

We have signed an agreement with RWE npower that will see one of their disused power stations being used to host multi-agency training exercise.


Brigade stats help in recall of 220,000 Zafiras

Information supplied by our insight and analytics team played a role in the recall of Vauxhall cars.

Two people a day trapped in toilets or bathrooms, Brigade figures show

New figures released by us show firefighters attend more than two incidents a day of people trapped inside a toilet or a bathroom.


New 999 system launched

New system uses GPS tracking technology to streamline call handling.


Family of most famous Ilford firefighter visits station

The life and career of Ilford Fire Station’s most famous firefighter was celebrated as his family made a special visit.


Next generation represents Brigade at Lord Mayor’s Show

The Lord Mayor’s Show is always a sight to behold. But this year’s entry from London Fire Brigade has an extra special sparkle to it.


Sainsbury's Christmas advert sparks fire safety warning

We’ve issued a stark warning following Sainsbury’s new Christmas advert that shows a fire in a home which appears to have no smoke alarms.


Brigade issues candle safety warning after spike in Diwali fires

We are wishing people across the capital a safe and happy Diwali, as new figures show festival fires last year were at a four year high.


Lessons in LIFE for Tottenham girls

All-girls fire brigade course for Tottenham


Brigade set to celebrate 150th anniversary

To celebrate 150 years of service to the capital, we have released an illustrated history of the London Fire Brigade and an online video for children to ensure future generations know who to call when they are in danger.

Playmobil to the rescue

We’ve teamed up with Playmobil to teach your little heroes what firefighters do.


Early Bonfire Night stats suggest further reduction in fires

For the second year running their were no significant fires on Bonfire Night early figures from the London Fire Brigade reveal.


New scheme launched to tackle motorcyle collision rise

We have seen a ten per cent increase since last year, with more than 100 riders requiring medical assistance.


Bonfire Night blazes are at an all time low

New statistics show that Bonfire Night blazes are their lowest level ever recorded.


Lambeth boxing initiative has gang crime on the ropes

A new scheme will help young people in South London learn a blend of boxing, fitness and firefighter skills.


Keep fancy dress costumes away from naked flames this Halloween

Take extra care around candles if you're heading out trick-or-treating


Brigade issues ‘hoverboard’ safety warning on Back to the Future Day

On the day ‘the future’ finally becomes the present we are warning ‘hoverboard’ owners to keep an eye on their new gadget whilst it is charging.

Firefighters help deliver a new born on Old Kent Road

Crews showed that it’s not just fires that they deal with as they helped deliver a baby boy on Monday.


Our crews crowned 'best trauma team on the planet' at World Rescue Challenge

London firefighters beat around 50 fire and rescues services from around the globe to win the competition.

Firefighter's fundraising campaign for Max the husky reaches its target

Over £8,000 raised so far toward saving the critically injured puppy.


Training exercise simulates a coach crash before West Ham United's first game at the Olympic Stadium

Firefighters took part in a multi-agency exercise in the A12 tunnel based on a 'realistic scenario'.


WWII Firewoman Emily 'Rene' Carter's funeral held in Westminster

Rene helped protect London from fire during the war and spent over 40 years in the service.


Brigade staff past and present receive national awards

Our staff have been recognised for their hard work and bravery.


Brigade writes to all care homes in London

A letter has been sent calling for urgent consideration and action by care home operators.


Firefighters rescue Ken the kitten

The kitten had been trapped in a gap a few inches wide between a brick wall and a shop front in Forest Gate.


Remembering fallen West Indian service personnel

Our firefighters took part in an annual march and memorial service held for the tens of thousands of fallen African and Caribbean military servicemen and women.

Big hearted firefighters get schools defibrillator protected

White watch at Lee Green Fire Station have started a charity.


Firefighters reunited with toddler they saved

A group of firefighters have been reunited with a toddler whose life they saved after she nearly drowned in the bath.


Brigade warns private landlords about the risk of ignoring new safety law

Landlords without smoke alarms risk a fine


Newham Mayor to open Plaistow fire station

New state-of-the-art station set to officially open

Major training exercise at HMP Pentonville

London Fire Brigade held a major training exercise at HMP Pentonville in Islington today (Wednesday, 30 September).


Landlord of 'fire trap' Brick Lane pub hit with £30,000 fine

Koyser Khan, of Buckinhamshire, also received a four month suspended prison sentence for breaking fire safety laws.


Over 50s most vulnerable to avoidable fire deaths Brigade warns

New figures released today show that over 90 per cent of people who died in accidental house fires were over 50 years of age.


Landlord gets suspended prison sentence for safety failures at double fatal fire

A landlord has received a six month suspended jail sentence and been ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service for breaking fire safety laws which contributed to the deaths of two people at a fatal fire in a Walthamstow property he rented out.


Renewed sprinklers call for care homes after Croydon man cheats death

A Croydon man’s life was saved thanks to a sprinkler system that had recently been installed in his sheltered accommodation on the advice of London Fire Brigade.


Try a takeaway instead of cooking drunk during Rugby World Cup

Firefighters are urging rugby fans to kick their drunken cooking into touch and try a takeaway instead of risking a kitchen fire under the influence of alcohol.


George Cross firefighter remembered 75 years to the day of heroic rescue

On this day 75 years ago a considerable act of bravery by Auxiliary Fireman Harry Errington led him to becoming the only firefighter to receive the George Cross during the Second World War.


Firefighter Mat's 'amazing' bake off adventure comes to an end

Firefighter Mat Riley has gone from baking a few cakes for his watch to showing his talents in front of millions.


Last chance to visit the museum before big move

Members of the public have the opportunity to browse our historic collection of artefacts, vehicles and memorabilia as part of Open House London on Saturday, 19 September.


Brigade walked side by side with Children’s burns charity

Brigade walked the (Monopoly) streets of London to support burned and injured children.


Wrong charger warning after e-cig causes Camden flat fire

Fire investigators issue reminder to use the correct chargers with electronic devices.


Annual Macmillan opening day at Islington Fire Station

For the tenth year running Islington Fire Station raised money for charity.


Education officer's daughter stars in heart warming John Lewis advert

Bunny May appears as the gawky dancing star of the retailers new insurance advert.

A firefighters passage to India

Parvinder Singh will visit schools in South Asia to teach pupils and teachers about first aid and lifesaving skills.


Think twice before calling 999 for animal rescues

Cat lovers told to 'paws for thought' before dialling 999.


Museum’s fire safety sessions this August

Run out of ideas of what to do with the children at the back end of summer? Then come along to one of our special museum open days.


Day with firefighters for 6 year old Holborn letter boy

Thomas was shown how firefighters train, given a tour of a fire station and enjoyed a visit on our fire boat.


Brigade staff help veterans celebrate VJ Day

Staff helped veterans, who were unable to make the parade journey walking, due to lack of mobility, but wanted to participate with the aid of a wheelchair.


Explosion in Tianjin China – London Fire Commissioner’s statement

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson on last week’s explosion in Tianjin, North East China.


Ace firefighters demonstrate skills at famous café

Firefighters will be demonstrating their skills at a road safety awareness day at the world famous Ace Café London on Friday.

Chelsea firefighter setting world of men's fashion alight

Tomiwa Adeosun, who is on the white watch, graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Fashion Menswear Footwear


Brigade triumphs at UK Rescue Challenge 2015

Our trauma team won a place to represent the UK at next year's World Rescue Challenge in Brazil


Shoreditch firefighters praised by London Ambulance Service

Crew rushed to help unconscious man found in the street outside the station.


London's most dangerous hour for fires revealed

Newly released data highlights 7pm as the busiest hour for fires


Firefighters wheat bag warning after woman left hospitalised

Firefighters are warning about the dangers of wheat bags being overheated or left unattended after one caused a recent fire on Whitton Avenue West in Greenford.


Londoners get charged up about electrical dangers

Members of the public have shared pictures of the close calls they’ve experienced using counterfeit and wrong chargers with their electrical devices. The images show how their plugs have exploded but thankfully not caused a blaze.


Old Kent Road fire station officially opened by Mayor of Southwark

The new Old Kent Road fire station was officially opened yesterday (Thursday 23 July) by Mayor of Southwark Councillor Dora Dixon-Fyle.


Landlords urged to snap up free alarms ahead of new life saving fire law

New legislation will mean rental properties must have smoke alarms on every floor.


Dudgeon’s Wharf disaster remembered

Today marks the 46th anniversary of the greatest single loss of London firefighters since the war.


Brigade's heritage secured as proposals for new museum unveiled

The museum will go back to its original location at the listed former headquarters on Albert Embankment.


Two jailed after Wood Green pub declared ‘potential death trap’

The former manager and leaseholder of a Wood Green public house have been jailed for nearly six months for breaking fire safety laws following a successful prosecution by London Fire Brigade.


Orpington crews move into new fire station

Orpington’s brand new fire station opened yesterday, Wednesday 1st July.


Major ‘Blue Light’ training exercise

Inter agency training day


London’s firefighters more equipped than ever to deal with another 7/7

London Fire Commissioner says that firefighters are better equipped than ever to deal with another 7/7 as the Brigade reflects on the changes it has made 10 years on.


Brigade to simulate train crash in major training exercise in Bromley

Around 250 emergency service staff and volunteers will take part.


Firefighters call on carers to prevent avoidable fire deaths

New figures published in Carers’ Week shows that nearly half of the people who died in fires last year were in receipt of care.


Sunlight blamed for blaze, as Brigade message is seen by over eight million

A garden terrace in Balham was destroyed by a sunlight blaze in the same week as a Brigade Facebook post warning of the dangers has gone viral.


Massey Shaw open day success

Lambeth River Fire Station hosted the Massey Shaw open day last weekend.


Fire station electric vehicle charge points go live

Publically available electric vehicle charge points at selected London Fire Brigade fire stations go live today.


Plaistow crews move into new fire station

Plaistow’s brand new fire station opened today, Thursday, 4 June.

Firefighter Ken, 50 years man and boy

Ken Davies has completed 50 years at London Fire Brigade and he’s not finished yet.


#InsideOKR: Old Kent Road’s brand new fire station

Old Kent Road's brand new fire station opened in March - here's an exclusive look behind the scenes.


Special lecture on 'Operation Dynamo' to be held at Brigade museum next month

The Massey Shaw fireboat was part of the rescue mission of thousands of trapped soldiers from the beaches surrounding Dunkirk.

Firefighter delivers baby girl yards from Battersea fire station

A firefighter turned midwife when he delivered a baby girl just yards from Battersea fire station.

New Mitcham fire station officially opened

Mayor of Merton unveils a station fit for 21st century


Fire deaths cut in half

Fire deaths in the capital have been cut in half over the last five years, according to new figures released.


Candle safety can't be 'dressed up' warns Brigade

Safer standards for children's dressing up clothes only part of the solution


Crews pay 103 year-old Diana surprise birthday visit

Crews from our Stanmore fire station had a surprise in store for Harrow resident Diana Gould when they turned up in a fire engine to wish her a happy 103rd birthday.


Fire Cadets join Dunkirk commemorations

Fire Cadets meet 96 year old Dunkirk veteran Bill Holliday


Call for businesses to follow Sainsbury’s sprinklers lead after depot fire

London fire chiefs say that Sainsbury’s sprinklers helped prevent potentially devastating damage to its distribution depot in Charlton after a blaze broke out on the site on Monday afternoon.


Our People in Nepal

We sent a team out to Nepal to help with search and rescue, watch our video about what happened.


Brigade backs Strictly star’s candle warning after Halloween horror

London Fire Brigade is backing Claudia Winkleman’s call for people to take care around candles after the Strictly star spoke for the first time about the serious burns her daughter suffered in a Halloween costume fire.


Interesting incidents in April

We've had some interesting and unusual incidents in April.


Landlady hit with £160,000 fire safety fine after fatal house blaze

A landlady has been fined £160,000 and ordered to pay £40,000 prosecution costs for breaking fire safety laws following a fatal fire in one of the Hounslow properties she rented out.


London Firefighters head to Nepal as part of rescue effort

Firefighters will use specialist search and rescue skills.


Brigade warns of open water danger as weather warms up

We are warning of the hidden dangers of cooling-off in open water, as the capital's weather warms up.


Holborn fire shows how complex London can be says capital’s fire chief

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson has praised people’s patience while firefighters dealt with the Holborn fire – a fire which the Commissioner says demonstrates just how complex London’s environment can be.


Brigade warns about beds in sheds on BBC One

We’ll be explaining the dangers of fires in London’s so-called beds in sheds for a BBC One show tonight.


New Chairman for London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority

London Assembly Member Gareth Bacon has been appointed Chair

Smoking in bed warning during National Bed Month

London Fire Brigade is warning of the dangers of smoking in bed after a man narrowly avoided injury when a discarded cigarette set his bed alight last week.


Off duty firefighter praised for first aid assistance

An off duty Wennington firefighter and his partner has been tracked down by the couple they gave first aid to after a serious road traffic collision in Bournemouth.

Old Kent Road’s new fire station opens as rebuild work begins at Dockhead fire station

Old Kent Road’s brand new fire station opened yesterday, Tuesday, 24 March.


Brigade’s warning to high rise landlords

We're warning the capital's high rise landlords that they must do more to protect their tenants from fire as new figures reveal that there are nearly two blazes everyday* in London's purpose-built flats.


Pictures: On this day in 1993

On this day in 1993, firefighters tackled a blaze at William Morris School, Mitcham.


Sprinkler week call to stop ignoring benefits in care homes

Four fire deaths, 30 injuries and 530 fires in London's care homes last year shows the need for sprinklers to be installed to protect vulnerable people, the Brigade claims.

Pictures: On this day in 2006

Nine years ago today, the sky in Penge was filled with thick, black smoke as more than 50 firefighters and officers tackled a blaze at a flooring warehouse on Green Lane.


Pictures: On this day in 2009

Around 75 firefighters tackled a fire at Field House in Chancery Lane, near Holborn.


St. George’s hospital plans to act on false alarms following our campaign

We’re pleased St George’s hospital, Tooting has announced plans to tackle false alarms following our campaign which named them at the top for automatic call-outs.


Brigade welcomes new regulations on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Fire chiefs have welcomed the announcement of new regulations which will make it obligatory for landlords to provide a smoke alarm on every floor of their property and test them at the beginning and end of every tenancy.

Harrow Fire Station opens its doors to the borough's local Gurkha community

Borough Commander, Richard Claydon, explains how his firefighters are engaging with the local Gurkha community.


Former Bayswater hotelier hit with Brigade's biggest ever fire safety fine

Salim Patel, was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay £29,922 court costs after putting lives at risk by flouting fire safety laws.


Smoking fire deaths down but still a major issue, says Brigade

Fires caused by smokers carelessly disposing of cigarettes have fallen by a quarter since the introduction of fire safe cigarette standards.


Fridge freezer delay putting lives at risk

We are calling for fridge freezer manufacturers to act now to make their products safer.

Pictures: Chelsea Fire Station celebrates 50th anniversary

Fifty years since the King's Road station opened its doors


#InsideMitcham: Mitcham firefighters relocate to new station after almost 100 years

Mitcham’s brand new fire station opened 23 February, replacing the existing station in Lower Green West, where crews have been based for most of the last 100 years.


Brigade backs landlord safety guide

We are urging landlords to take advantage of a new guide issued by the National Landlords Association (NLA) to protect their tenants and ensure they don’t fall foul of fire safety laws.

Purley firefighters relocate for a year

Purley firefighters have temporarily relocated while upgrade work takes place to provide the area with a new state of the art fire station.


Brigade step up sunlight warning after another refraction blaze

The winter sun caused another fire on Monday when a concave mirror focussed sunlight onto a shirt that was draped over a chair in East Dulwich. Thankfully it only caused a small amount of damage to the house on Peckham Rye at around 2pm.


Brigade urges caution ahead of firefighters’ strike

London Fire Brigade is urging people to take extra care ahead of the 24 hour Fire Brigade’s Union strike on Wednesday.


Fire Station blessed during Chinese New Year celebrations

First time ever our station has received a blessing


Brigade braced for Fifty Shades of Grey influence on call outs

Fire chiefs are concerned the new Fifty Shades of Grey film could lead to more people being stuck or trapped in objects like handcuffs or rings


New Brigade training centre officially opened

London Fire Brigade has unveiled its brand new state-of-the-art £7 million training centre in Park Royal.


Plan ahead to cope with cold weather

We're receiving a dozen calls a day from people with flooded homes


A wish come true

Wembley Red Watch granted the wish of a seriously ill five year old boy to be a firefighter for the day.


Toy car blaze sparks Brigade safety warning

The London Fire Brigade has issued an urgent warning to parents after a new fire report released today revealed a battery driven toy car caused a potentially life threatening fire.


Playing on frozen ponds bothers firefighters

Unlike the famous song from Frozen the cold does bother firefighters as people risk their lives by playing on icy lakes and ponds during the big freeze.


Be safe, register your electrical appliances

Take advantage of a new way to register your household appliances.


Brigade braced for more stormy weather following mini tornado

Firefighters in London are preparing for more stormy weather in the capital, with the Met Office predicting gusts of up to 50-60mph and heavy rain on Wednesday evening into Thursday morning.

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