Firefighters of London Fire Brigade on high alert during cold snap
With the earliest onset of cold weather in almost 20 years and temperatures set to plummet to as low as -4° C in the coming days, the firefighters of London Fire Brigade are on high alert.
The Brigade is also gearing up for an increase in incidents from the cold weather including:
Flooding caused by frozen pipes
To help prevent people from being seriously injured, or worse, from falling through ice in frozen ponds and lakes, London Fire Brigade has deployed water rescue capability across the capital. The extra equipment includes emergency rescue boats, inflatable rescue paths, mud lances, thermal clothing and dry suits.
The Brigade is urging the public to take extra precautions in order to keep themselves as safe as possible including:
Dave Brown, Assistant Commissioner for the Brigade’s Operations and Mobilising Department said: “London Fire Brigade is taking every possible precaution to ensure we are prepared to deal with emergencies across the capital during the cold weather. Whether it is helping to save people from frozen ponds or pumping out flooded houses we are on standby round the clock to help. However, it is important that people take extra care during these next few days so that we do not have to be called out in the first place."
"If people take simple but effective steps to protect themselves from the cold snap it could mean the difference between either their life being put at risk or their home becoming flooded. The Brigade would like to remind the public that problem with plumbing and pipes should always be reported to a plumber in the first instance and to only call 999 in an emergency."
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