London Fire Brigade

Next generation represents Brigade at Lord Mayor’s Show

15 November 2015

The Lord Mayor’s Show is always a sight to behold. But this year’s entry from London Fire Brigade had an extra special sparkle to it. That’s because for the first time ever our youth groups took centre stage in the parade, which set off from Mansion House on Saturday, 14, November.

Who's taking part

The entry, number 38 in the procession, was organised by our Community Safety team and celebrated the role we play in helping young people find their way in life.

Thirty-six 14 to 18 year-old members of our Fire Cadets programme, and young people that have attended Crossfire and LIFE courses represented the Brigade. 

Crossfire is an education programme in South East London designed to teach young people about fire safety matters while LIFE (Local Intervention Fire Education) was launched in Tower Hamlets in 2002 to combat antisocial behaviour against firefighters.

Both programmes reach out and engage with young people, keeping them safe from fire and teaching skills like leadership and teamwork.

Great pride

Our young people were one of 150 who featured in this unique celebration of pageantry and tradition, which this year was more spectacular than ever.

Sara Perez, Education Development Manager for London Fire Brigade, said:

“The Lord Mayor’s Show is notching up its 800th year, and London Fire Brigade is on the eve of celebrating its 150th anniversary, so taking part this year is extra special to us.

“We are very much a modern fire service, constantly adapting to the changing demands that serving Greater London places on us. We are highlighting our youth programmes because they are so important. The young people we work with really are fantastic. We like to think of them as part of the Brigade and we take great pride in celebrating that.”

Fleet on display

The procession included London Fire Brigade’s standard bearers, a rapid response mini and a new BMW i3 electric vehicle. The Massey Shaw, the Brigade’s historic fire boat, was also feature as part of the Lord Mayor’s flotilla.