London Fire Brigade

Firefighters rescue Christmas for London’s most vulnerable

26 December 2016

Fire crews teamed up with local Co-op stores to cook a Christmas Day meal for the most vulnerable members of their community and their carers on Christmas Day.

Five fire stations joined forces with the convenience store retailer and Healthy London Partnership, to bring together lonely and vulnerable people who would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day. Crews cooked the food provided by the Co-op stores. 

'Building a lasting relationship with our most vulnerable residents'

Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety Dan Daly, said: “Our Christmas cook up is about much more than turkey and all the trimmings; it’s about building a lasting relationship with our most vulnerable residents and opening up our stations and services to the communities we serve.

“The role of a firefighter is no longer just about putting fires out, it’s about stopping them from happening in the first place.  Just over half of people who died in accidental fires in London last year were receiving care services and often simple measures like fire retardant bedding or a smoke alarm would have saved their life. 

"Firefighters across London are working hard to reduce the risks for those who are most vulnerable.”

Diners were given a Christmas hamper which will include a smoke alarm, a carbon monoxide alarm, and a commitment to deliver a follow-up home fire safety visit at a later date. 

Peter Batt, Divisional Managing Director for the Co-op, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with the London Fire Brigade and Healthy London Partnership to support healthy living and community connections. 

"Co-op food stores and Funeralcare branches are at the heart of local communities and by working with these partner organisations we can help our colleagues, customers and members to benefit from local support services and networks.  I am incredibly proud of all those colleagues that are happy to help out on Christmas Day.”

Shaun Crowe from Healthy London Partnership said: “Christmas can be a lonely time of year for some Londoners and I want to thank London Fire Brigade and the Co-op for teaming up to make Christmas Day special for their vulnerable residents.

“This is a great example of how partnership working across sectors can have a positive impact on communities.

“The community Christmas dinners mark the start of our partnership with the Co-op and London Fire Brigade and we will be looking at other ways we can work together in the new year to help Londoners lead healthier and happier lives”.

 Other fire stations across the capital will also be hosting their own Christmas lunch events.