Uzair and Obi – a dynamic duo on the Covid front line

Firefighter Uzair is usually found with his White Watch colleagues at Hillingdon, but having volunteered to work with London Ambulance Service, he’s made a new friend for life in the shape of paramedic Obi. They deserve an entire buddy movie,…

Meet London Fire Brigade’s female science leaders on International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Can you believe there’s anyone left on the planet in 2021 who thinks women and girls should not, or cannot, be science leaders? On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the Brigade proudly introduces #firesciencefive – some of…

London’s firefighters attended two animal rescues a day in 2020

Firefighters rescued two animals a day during 2020 – a big increase on the previous three years, according to new figures from London Fire Brigade. London’s firefighters attended a total of 755 animal rescues last year – the equivalent of…

London Fire Commissioner’s New Year message

No one day is the same. You’ll hear that a lot if you speak to London Fire Brigade staff. It’s something that draws us to the job we do. Well, no year has been quite like 2020 and as I…

Parents and teachers reminded not to use real candles during festive services

Parents and teachers are being warned not to give their children real candles for nativities, carol concerts and other festive activities. Events will look slightly different this year with Government restrictions in place, but some services are still due to…

Amazon removes balcony barbecues from sale over fire risk fears

Retail giant Amazon has removed a number of barbecues specifically designed for use on balconies from sale over serious safety concerns highlighted by London Fire Brigade. The Brigade’s Deputy Commissioner Richard Mills wrote to the firm and other companies that…

Fire dog Watson sponsored by law firm Leigh Day

One of London Fire Brigade’s four-legged detectives with a nose for sniffing out the cause of fires is being sponsored by a law firm which specialises in claims for household appliance blazes. The Brigade’s newest Fire Investigation Dog, Watson, is…

Firefighters call for barbecue ban as London set to bask in temperatures hotter than Ibiza

Firefighters are urging London’s councils to ban the use of disposable barbecues in public spaces as they fear a spike in grass fires as people bask in temperatures hotter than Ibiza. Forecasters are predicting Britain could see weather as warm…

Fire safety warning as millions work from home to stem spread of Covid-19

Firefighters are issuing urgent #StayHomeStaySafe advice as millions of people enter their first full week of working from home amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. The majority of city office workers have now stopped commuting following Government advice to avoid all but…

Challenging nuisance 999 calls saves London Fire Brigade £800k

Control Operators challenged more than 2,000 time-wasting 999 callers last year – saving London Fire Brigade almost £800k* As new figures reveal hoax calls attended by fire engines cost the Brigade £420,000 in 2019, nuisance 999 callers are being warned…

Firefighters warn people to “vape safe” after man badly burnt by exploding e-cig

A man was badly burnt and left with scars on his leg after a vape exploded in his pocket when it came into contact with his keys. Fortunately for contractor Richard Bingham, he was at Whittington Hospital in Upper Holloway…

New Firefighter’s Birthday Kitten Rescue

Firefighter Jessica New celebrated her 21st birthday by rescuing a kitten from a house fire in Wembley. Jessica has been a firefighter for just two months and the blaze on Page Avenue was the first house fire she has attended and…

Property company fined for fire safety breaches after resident unable to escape during blaze

A resident who was unable to access an emergency escape route during a fire was found standing on a windowsill hanging from guttering and had to be rescued by firefighters. Management company Harper Stone Properties Ltd has been fined after…

New fire commissioner signs covenant with UK Armed Forces

London Fire Brigade’s first Commissioner in 75 years to have served as a commissioned officer in the British army has today sign a covenant with the UK armed forces. The agreement formalises the Brigade’s commitment to supporting the Armed Forces…

Frosty the pony rescued just days before Christmas after falling down bank

Yearling hauled up bank and brought back from ‘brink of death’ by rescuers A team of animal heroes worked together to haul an exhausted, young pony who had fallen down a bank back to safety and bring him back to…

Have yourself a fire free merry Christmas

The most wonderful time of year is almost upon us, the decorations are being dusted off and Christmas tree stalls are popping up all over the City. As December looms it is almost time to deck the halls and turn…

GMB London region back Fire Chiefs call for sprinklers in all UK schools

Unfortunately, like most Health and Safety concerns raised in the UK, action isn’t taken until a disaster happens, says GMB London GMB, the union representing school staff, are shocked and concerned by figures recently released by the London Fire Brigade,…

Firefighters commemorated at 50th anniversary of Dudgeon’s Wharf tragedy

Firefighters have joined families of the victims of the Dudgeon’s Wharf disaster to mark the 50th anniversary of the tragedy. Five firefighters and a construction worker lost their lives when an oil tank exploded at the site on the Isle of…

Wembley care home where a resident died had been warned about fire safety failings

A care home where a resident died after a fire in his room had already been warned by London Fire Brigade about fire safety failings. Lee Valley Care Services in Wembley received a fine for just over £57,000 after pleading…

London Fire Brigade appoints two new Deputy Commissioners

London Fire Brigade has appointed Assistant Commissioners Richard Mills and Andy Roe as its new Deputy Commissioners. Current Deputy Commissioner and Director for Safety and Assurance Steve Apter has left the Brigade to become the Deputy Chief Fire Officer of…

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