London Fire Brigade

Brigade braced for weekend wind

07 February 2014

Firefighters in London are prepared for a weekend of windy weather in the capital, with the Met Office predicting gusts of up to 50-60mph on Saturday.

Fire chiefs are warning Londoners to take care to ensure loose objects such as garden furniture and items on balconies are secure ahead of the strong winds. Crews are on standby to help in the event of structural damage or accidents caused by the weather, which could leave to unsafe conditions for the public.

Assistant Commissioner Steve Hamm, the Brigade’s head of operational resilience, said:

“London firefighters are ready and available to help anyone who might be affected by the weather. We are on hand should any buildings, hoardings, or scaffolding be left in a precarious position in the high winds.

“The Met Office is predicting strong gusts that could reach 50-60mph, so we’re urging people to secure loose objects around their homes and to close their windows. Take extra care if you’re out and about or driving, as strong winds can knock things over and pick up flying debris.

“We are anticipating that our firefighters and Control officers will be very busy so please only call 999 if it is a genuine emergency.”

The Brigade said that its firefighters are prepared and are trained to deal with severe weather, including high winds. The Brigade also has a role in coordinating the national response to severe weather including storms and floods.

Fire chiefs have issued the following advice to help people stay safe during high winds.

• Clear gardens, balconies, and window sills of anything that could be blown away.
• Take extra care if you venture outside.
• If you have a power cut, be very careful if you use candles.

ENDS

Notes to editors

London Fire Brigade has 14 fire rescue units, which carry specialist rescue and cutting equipment.