London Fire Brigade

Join us for Safe in the City 150th anniversary bash

17 August 2016

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

Supported by Securitas, Safe in the City is a free open air celebration of all we do and will see us take over Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park next to the Imperial War Museum in Lambeth for the day (11am -5pm).

Live rescues and unmissable attractions

Unmissable attractions include live rescue demonstrations,  displays of our latest emergency vehicles, kit and equipment, vintage fire engines and uniforms, historical re-enactments and the opportunity to meet firefighters and our ever popular fire investigation dogs.

Our museum curators will be on hand to tell visitors what it was like to be a Victorian firefighter with hands-on exhibits of uniforms and equipment, while our 999 Control officers will offer people the chance to visit a ‘control centre’ and experience what it’s like to be a control officer.

A kid’s fun station and a youth firefighter challenge where 13-17-year-olds can take part in a firefighter assault course and dress in real fire gear, means there will be something on offer for all ages.

A showcase for all we do

Commissioner Ron Dobson said: “This is a very special year for London Fire Brigade and Safe in the City is a chance for Londoners to see at first hand how our firefighters, control officers and support staff have kept the capital safe for the last 150 years.

“The event will celebrate all we do, and as well as showcasing the emergency response at the heart of  our service it is an opportunity to highlight the importance of our preventative fire safety work which has had such an impact in reducing fires to their lowest level since 1966.”

Shaun Kennedy Securitas Director of Specialist Protective Services said: “Securitas are proud to be supporting the Brigade’s 150th Anniversary and take part in several events throughout the year, including the London New Year’s day parade. ‘Safe in the City’ the second event, is sure to be a fantastic day of learning and fun. We look forward to continuing our support of London Fire Brigade and helping to keep London, as well as the rest of the UK safe.”

150 years of history and progress

Although the Great Fire of London happened 350 years ago, it wasn't until 1 January 1866 that we were formed as The Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB).

We're now England's busiest fire and rescue service, the busiest metropolitan fire and rescue service in the UK and one of the largest firefighting organisations in the world.  It provides services across the whole of the Greater London area, serving the capital's 8.2 million residents as well as those who work in and visit the city.
Last year, the number of fires was below 20,000 for the first time since records for Greater London began in 1966 and fire deaths have steadily declined since the 1980s. In 1987, there were 28.5 fire deaths per million residents compared to 3.4 per million in 2014.