London Fire Brigade

Celebrating our 150th anniversary at Richmond Fire Station

11 April 2016

Richmond Fire Station opens its doors on Saturday, 16 April from 12pm to 4pm for a free fun filled day for the community to celebrate our 150th anniversary and learn life saving fire safety lessons.

The open day will feature a wide range of events and activities for the entire family, to entertain and share the history of firefighting in Richmond.


Playmobil are helping us organise 65 special open days across London to celebrate the Brigade’s 150th anniversary.

The anniversary open days will be a perfect day out for anyone who’s ever fancied playing firefighter for a day, taking place across London from April through to December.

Children big and small can meet real firefighters and life-sized PLAYMOBIL ones, plus enjoy toys and activities galore.

Limited-edition London Fire Brigade versions of popular PLAYMOBIL Fire Brigade sets have also been created for little ones to learn through play at home.

Ten per cent of proceeds will be donated to the Brigade’s charities of choice, with toys available from April to purchase at the open days and from Playmobil customer services.

What you will see on the day

The Waltham St. Lawrence Silver Band – a traditional British brass band - will provide music entertainment throughout the day, playing a selection of tunes relating to the area, like the Floral Dance to celebrate Kew Gardens. A firefighter stationed at Richmond will also be playing in the band. 

Vintage fire engines will be on display, alongside appliances from the current fleet. The Massey Shaw Trust will also provide historical information about the first fire boat to sail on River Thames.

Firefighters on duty will give demonstrations to show their skills and knowledge, offering advice and information on fire safety at home and in the community.

Games, goodies bags and a raffle with prizes will make it a special day for all the family.

People attending the event will also have the opportunity to take part, and support the Brigade's designated charities.

It will is also the perfect occasion to discover the history of the station and its role in the community, revisiting memorable incidents attended by the crews.

Part of the community

In July 2012 20 firefighters rescued four people from a flat fire in Sheen Court.

A mother and her baby daughter were rescued via a ladder and ever since, the station receives a Christmas card from the family every year.

Setting the example

In 2005, Richmond station made history by becoming the first fire station in the UK to install solar panels. 

The energy provided by the panels  made up for a quarter of the electricity used at the station. This gives the station an above average energy efficiency rating.