London Fire Brigade

#Oneladschallenge comes to the Brigade's HQ

19 August 2016

A ten-year-old boy on a mission to see every fire station in the country while raising money for The Fire Fighters Charity has visited London Fire Brigade's HQ.

Andrew Impey, who has autism, is fascinated with the fire service and saw inside his first fire stations on Christmas Eve in 2014.

Last year, Andrew visited 390 fire stations, training centres and headquarters and has already visited another 460 this year.

To date, Andrew has visited the majority of London Fire Brigade stations and has met a number of firefighters across the capital.

To complete his mission of attending all Brigade premises in London, Andrew was taken for a short trip on Brigade's fire boat, met fire investigation dogs and visited HQ on Friday, 19 August.

Andrew was taken around the Lambeth River station, shown the Brigade's fire boat and told what sort of emergency incidents it would be required to attend. He was then taken on a trip down the River Thames to Tower Bridge.

Andrew later visited the Brigade's HQ in Southwark where he met Assistant Commissioner Dom Ellis and Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson.

After being presented with a Playmobil fire engine, Andrew went to the Brigade's Southwark Training Centre where he met and took part in a demonstration with fire investigation dogs Murphy and Roscoe.

His mother Kirstine Impey said: "It was a lovely day because Andrew has seen so many exciting and different parts of a fire service which he has not seen so far as part of his challenge.

"It is really nice London Fire Brigade has supported Andrew with his challenge and we are very grateful to Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson for the certificate he presented to Andrew."

You can follow Andrew's journey on Twitter by following @andrewdaneuk and #OneLadsChallenge.

To donate, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/oneladschallenge.