London Fire Brigade News

Firefighters Agitated By Hoax 999 Calls

Hoax callers tamper the work of London Fire Brigade by diverting them to false fire sites Referred to by the fire service as ‘malicious false alarms’, calls range from children phoning as a bit of fun, to people of all ages who are fascinated by the emergency services or looking for attention. London Fire Brigade is now hoping parents can play a part in reducing the calls by warning children who are bored and looking for something to do, that making hoax calls is n...

Firefighter Shift Plans Under Consideration By London Fire Brigade

Negotiations and discussions have been going on the issue of proposed firefighter shift plans Discussions and negotiation on the proposed changes have been going on for five years but have not yet resulted in a collective agreement. The London Fire Brigade has begun the process of formal consultation with the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) on its proposed changes to start and finish times of shifts for London firefighters. Discussion and negotiation on the proposed changes...

London Under Threat From Rising Number Of Hot Weather Fires

Small grass fires can turn intocatastrophes if not checked in time Grass fires can be set deliberately or started accidentally. Either way they pose a huge risk to wildlife, parkland and even people's lives. The number of grass fires across London has shot up and, with the hot weather set to continue, the London Fire Brigade fears further fires. Compared to this time last year, grass fires across London are up 25%. Weather experts recently declared that last month was o...

First Community Fire Cadets Attend Passing Out Parade

Cadets and their trainers celebratepassing out with Commissioner Ron Dobson and Chair of LFEPA’s Cllr Susan Hall The first 20 youngsters to complete London Fire Brigade’s Community Fire Cadet Course have attended a special Passing Out Parade.  The programme was launched in Tower Hamlets and Hackney in February 2009 and to mark the end of the course the Cadets received certificates from London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson at a special ceremony at the Brigade&r...

Dowgate Fire Station Unveils Original Fire-themed Mural

The mural is a masterpiece which was painted by a group of 13 people belonging to different age groups A unique fire themed mural portraying the history of London Fire Brigade has been unveiled at Dowgate fire station last week. The mural, which was painted by 13 local people, was unveiled at a special event at Dowgate fire station, at which London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson presented certificates to the talented painters. The mural, which is approximately 24ft long...

Young Offender Programme Works For The London Fire Brigade

LFB Deputy commissioner Steve Smith receives certificate from Justice Minister Rt Hon Crispin Blunt  London Fire Brigade has become the first fire and rescue service to employ someone through a national programme designed to rehabilitate young offenders. The Young Offender Programme led by National Grid helps prisoners get back into work on their release and aims to reduce re-offending rates. Figures show that less than 6% of people on the scheme re-offend compared to th...

Food Factory Fined For Fire Safety And Security Loopholes

New Kong Nam Food Production Company violated the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005   Fire inspectors visited the premises on Brettingham Road, Edmonton on 3 December 2008. A number of fire safety breaches were found and an enforcement notice was issued requiring Mrs Liu to remedy the faults by 9 March 2009. The manager of a food production factory has been ordered to pay over £20,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to serious breaches of fire saf...

Grass Fires Are On The Rise Due To Carelessness And Lack Of Safety Measures

Do follow basic safety and preventive measures in order to avoide catastrophic fires and accidents The number of grass fires across the capital rose by over 30% from May to June this year. Following a spate of grass fires across the capital, London's firefighters are warning people to take extra care during the hot weather. Andy Hickmott, London Fire Brigade's Assistant Commissioner for Community Fire Safety, said: "With the hot weather set to continue we're bracing ourselve...

London Firefighters Win Top Prize In Extrication Challenge

Firefighters across London participated in extrication challenge held at LFB's Southwark HQ on 26 June Firefighters used their experience and specialist equipment to safely rescue trapped or injured casualties from wrecked vehicles. London firefighters have taken first place in a competition which saw them pitting their skills against nine other UK Fire and Rescue Services. The Regional Extrication Challenge – in which fire crews simulate releasing casualties involved i...

London Firefighters Raise Awareness Of Fire Alarms For The Deaf

Vibrating and flash fire alarms are helpful for deaf and hard hearing people to warn against fires Firefighters are using Deaf Awareness Week to raise awareness of specialist smoke alarms for the deaf and hard of hearing, which flash or can be wired up to vibrating pads in pillows, as well as sounding an alarm. Without a smoke alarm, deaf and hard of hearing people run the risk of dying in silence, warned London's firefighters today, ahead of Deaf Awareness Week (28 June - 4...

London Mayor Boris Johnson Announces LFEPA Membership

London Fire and Emergency PlanningAuthority (LFEPA) runsthe London Fire Brigade for fire safety Mayor announces London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) membership. Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced the membership of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA), which runs the London Fire Brigade. The appointments are based on nominations provided by the London Assembly and London Councils, plus two Mayoral appointments. Cllr Brian Coleman AM F...

Court Dismisses New Look’s Appeal

London Fire Brigade has welcomed the Court's judgement against New Look New Look pleaded guilty to two breaches of the RRO at Southwark Crown Court on 25 November 2009 following a prosecution by the London Fire Brigade. London Fire Brigade has welcomed a decision by the Court of Appeal yesterday which gives guidance to sentencing for serious breaches of fire safety legislation. The judgment which dismissed New Look’s appeal against sentence is the first decision made b...

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