UK fire and rescue services adopt Dräger’s fire escape hood to protect victims from toxic smoke

Standards are being set with fire and rescue services in the UK adopting escape hoods to protect trapped and injured people from toxic smoke during evacuation at fires. Latest figures show in the year 2017/2018 firefighters attended 717,890 incidents in…

New ‘Gold standard’ firefighter kit for London crews and fire dogs

Today (Wednesday 31st October) London’s firefighters and their furry colleagues will be wearing new, gold coloured fire tunics and leggings as modernised personal protective equipment (PPE) is rolled out across the Brigade. It’s the biggest kit update for eight years.…

London Fire Brigade Chooses Allison For Responsiveness, Reliability

Deliveries are nearing completion of 126 Mercedes-Benz Atego trucks with Allison 3000™ Series; UK capital’s fire and rescue fleet has already ordered 62 more vehicles Providing more torque at launch and gear changes without power interruption, Allison fully automatic transmissions…

Hidden Wartime Fire Station History Remembered

Steve Hunnisett, a Freelance Battlefield Guide and historian, was intrigued by information he came across regarding the history and story of a war-time fire station in London. With the assistance of Antonia Nicol, an Operational Equipment Officer with London Fire Brigade, an…

London’s Firefighter – A History of Honour in Print

London’s Firefighters is a wonderfully readable, lavishly illustrated anthology of articles, fiction and verse about the London Fire Brigade, most of it gathered from the Brigade’s house magazines London Fireman (1966-82) and London Firefighter (1982-2005). The book’s editor David C.…

Grenfell 100 days on – London Fire Brigade makes fire safety plea

One hundred days on from the Grenfell Tower disaster and London’s fire chiefs are using the anniversary to remind landlords and residents about their high-rise fire safety responsibilities. The cause and spread of the Grenfell fire, as well as the response to…

Paratech Stabilisation and Lifting Bags Chosen for London Fire Brigade Vehicles

London Fire Brigade (LFB) has taken the decision to purchase a range of Paratech rescue equipment from Vimpex Ltd, Paratech’s UK exclusive distributor. The new equipment will be used in extrication, RTC, heavy vehicle lifting, urban search and rescue and…

Some dead, at least 50 taken to hospital, as fire engulfs London tower block

By Kylie MacLellan and Lina Saigol LONDON (Reuters) – Fire engulfed a 24-storey block of flats in central London on Wednesday, killing some people, injuring at least 50 more and trapping some residents asleep inside the towering inferno. Flames licked…

Hampshire fire officer picked for top London role

A fire chief who is taking on one of the top jobs in the country describes himself as “an accidental firefighter”. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Assistant Chief Officer Steve Apter has been handpicked to be London Fire Brigade’s Interim…

More than a million call 999 because of kitchen fires

As the Capital marks the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London – which began in a baker’s kitchen, lasted for four days and destroyed more than 13,000 homes – research by Electrical Safety First has found that more…

London Fire Brigade use PLAYMOBIL toys to teach children about fire safety

Children from across the capital learnt important fire safety lessons over the weekend as London Fire Brigade used PLAYMOBIL toys and vintage fire engines to make them the heroes, in celebration of the Brigade’s 150th year. The Soho Fire Station…

Testing time for waste fires

The Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) and London Fire Brigade have been working with the Waste Industry Safety Forum (WISH), Wood Recycling Association, Environment Agency (EA) and Environment Services Association to undertake ground-breaking waste fire tests. The aim of the…

Happy New Year as Securitas goes on parade with London Fire Brigade

Securitas helped the London Fire Brigade (LFB) kick off the celebrations for its 150th anniversary on Friday by sponsoring the organisation’s appearance at London’s New Year’s Day Parade. New Years Day is the start of the LFB year-long celebration marking…

Europe’s Largest Mosque Sited in London Badly Damaged by Fire

Just after midday on 26th September a fire was discovered at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, South London. The mosque is said to be the largest in Western Europe. 70 London Fire Brigade firefighters and 10 appliances from fire…

London Fire Brigade Emergency Planning

London Fire Brigade Emergency Planning (LFBEP), of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA), is the driving force in collective London local authority emergency planning, preparedness, response and recovery. The team have a number of statutory responsibilities, which are…

Brigade braced for Fifty Shades of Grey influence on call outs

London fire chiefs are concerned the new Fifty Shades of Grey film could lead to more people being stuck or trapped in objects like handcuffs or rings. In 2013/14, firefighters attended 472 incidents involving people being trapped or stuck, often in…

London Fire Brigade (LFB) to use fast food to fight fires this Christmas

Does Islington have the best Indian? Dalston do the best doners? And Bromley the best burgers? #TakeawayMap LFB are on the hunt for the capital’s best takeaways to feature on a new online fast food map they want Londoners to…

Cutty Stark damaged by fire

The famous 19th Century ship Cutty Sark has been damaged when a fire broke out on a small part of deck three at 0721 hours on 19th October 2014. Damage was confined to the deck and a small area of…

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