London Fire Brigade

Staff sports day to celebrate 150 years of London Fire Brigade

14 June 2016

Over a thousand of our staff took part in a two-day festival of sport to celebrate our 150th anniversary at the Copper Box Arena.

The Brigade Games saw 60 teams compete in five-a-side football, volleyball, netball, and It's a Knockout competitions to find out who was the best.

The event was set up to thank everyone who works for the Brigade who do so much to help protect Londoners day in and day out.

Made possible

The Games couldn’t have been possible without our sponsors, Babcock, and around 40 Gamesmakers on each day, which included Police and Brigade Fire Cadets who gave up their free time to help marshal and organise the family friendly event.

The Copper Box Arena on the Olympic Park was kindly given to the Brigade for free.

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: "What a fantastic two days of competition which made me feel immensely proud to be the Commissioner of our world class Brigade.

"The event was about giving back to our excellent staff and their families and celebrating the history and traditions of the London Fire Brigade in our 150th year.

"The Games couldn’t have happened without our supportive sponsors Babcock and the hard work of our Events team and GamesMakers who excelled themselves."

Overall winners on Saturday were the Southwark Stealers for their stunning performance in It's a Knockout and runners up in the Netball competitions.

The overall winners on Sunday were the firefighters called the Brixton Red Sox who won the day's It's a Knockout competition and narrowly finished runners up in the volleyball competition.

150th anniversary

This year is the 150th anniversary of the formation of the Brigade. Although the Great Fire of London happened 350 years ago, it wasn't until 1 January 1866 that the Brigade was formed as the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB).

The MFB came about as insurance companies told the government they were unwilling to be responsible for London's fire protection due to escalating compensation costs. 

Throughout 2016, there will be numerous ways the public can join in the celebrations. The Brigade is organising a number of free events throughout its 150th year looking at its history and educating the public on the  importance of fire safety.