London Fire Brigade

Call for motorists to slow down as Brigade attend five year high road crashes

20 November 2017

We are urging drivers to take extra care after new figures show a 17 per cent rise in the number of road traffic collisions crews have been called to in the last five years.

The new figures, which have been released to coincide with Road Safety Week show crews attend more than 12 road traffic collisions on London's roads every day.

Our firefighters attended 3,685 in 2012/13, with the number rising to 4,456 in 2016/17.

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In the last five years, firefighters have attended a total of 19,732 road traffic collisions and nearly every day, crews have had to cut someone from a vehicle.

In boroughs where they are large numbers of road traffic collisions, the Brigade runs schemes like Safe Drive Stay Alive to educate young drivers about the dangers of careless driving.

At the talks, firefighters also speak about their experiences of dealing with tragic incidents.

Taking care on the road

London Fire Brigade’s Director of Operations, Tom George said: "Our crews are spending an increasing amount of time attending road traffic collisions and I want to urge people to take care on the road. 

"Crews are regularly called to serious road traffic collisions. Our firefighters are exceptionally well trained and have specialist equipment to free people who are trapped in vehicles.

"We are committed to reducing the number of road traffic collisions in London.

"We talk to young people across the capital at our Safe Drive Stay Alive seminars where emergency service staff and victims talk emotionally about the dangers and consequences associated with reckless driving. 

"We also run Biker Down road safety training, designed to make bikers safer on London's roads and host events at our fire stations where we simulate road traffic rescues to illustrate the dangers of unsafe driving."

Road traffic collisions

The new figures show that Croydon had the highest number of road traffic collisions attended by the Brigade with 265 in 2016/17.

Hillingdon had 219 in the same period, while Enfield had 218 the same number as Barnet.

The City of London (19), Islington (50) and Kensington and Chelsea (61) were among the areas with the lowest number of road traffic collisions attended by the Brigade in 2016/17