London Fire Brigade

  1. Guard of honour for centenarian firefighter

    Ernie Cock guard of honour

    A former firefighter received a guard of honour through the streets of east-London for his 100th birthday.

    Ernie Cock joined the National Fire Service in 1946 and then transferred to Brigade.

    He served the majority of his career at Poplar fire station in Tower Hamlets.

    Serving officers formed a guard of honour as Mr Cock walked through the streets near his Romsey home.

    Mayor of London Sadiq Khan thanked Mr Cock for his service in a tweet.

    Ernie Cock
  2. Firefighters warn of spike in smoking-related fires

    There has been a 20% increase of smoking-related fires in London homes, the city's fire brigade has warned.

    Lit cigarette

    There were 315 fires between 20 March and 22 July due to cigarettes not being disposed properly, London Fire Brigade said.

    It compares to 260 in 2019 during the same period.

    Deputy assistant commissioner Charlie Pugsley said: "Lots of people have been working from home and staying indoors more, which might explain why we have seen a spike in smoking-related fires."

    On 28 May, four people were rescued and more than 100 residents escaped when a blaze ripped through a block of flats in Hadleigh Close, Bethnal Green.

    Investigations revealed the fire was caused by the unsafe disposal of a cigarette.

    Mr Pugsley added: "If you can’t quit, it’s always safer to go outside to smoke, but make sure cigarettes are put right out and disposed of properly.”

  3. Bow house blaze: Four engines at the scene

    Firefighters are currently dealing with a house fire in east London.

    Four engines were called to a property on Bruce Road in Bow at about 10:15.

    The blaze has spread to a room on the third floor, said London Fire Brigade.

    It is not known if there are any injuries.

  4. Trapped kitten named Dusty freed by firefighters

    A "shaken and very thirsty" kitten was rescued by firefighters after it became trapped in a wall cavity at a shop in Balham.

    London Fire Brigade said it was called to Balham High Road on 22 July to save the three-week-old animal.

    Crews from Tooting fire station used a disc cutter and sabre saw to cut away parts of the wall in order to save the kitten - named Dusty - with the rescue taking about 50 minutes.

    Rescued kitten being held by a firefighter

    Firefighter Matt Harrold, said: “When we got her out she was very shaken and thirsty, but after she was checked over and had a cuddle and a drink of water she calmed down.

    “We would always encourage people to call the RSPCA in the first instance if they see an animal stuck or in distress.

    “Firefighters love animals too and we are always happy to assist if our specialist equipment is required, as in this case.”

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    Video caption: Jack and Tom Binder have joined forces to battle the pandemic together.

    One is a paramedic and the other is a firefighter. Now the two are joining together in the fight against coronavirus.

  6. Brothers in arms: Siblings fighting on the coronavirus frontline

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    Video caption: Jack and Tom Binder have joined forces to battle the pandemic together.

    Two brothers have come together to help on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic, working side by side.

    Tom is a firefighter for the London Fire Brigade (LFB) and Jack is a paramedic for the London Ambulance Service (LAS).

    Tom says: “I thought it was an opportunity I really couldn’t turn down.”

    Film by Gem O'Reilly

  7. Coronavirus: Brothers fighting on the front line

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    Video caption: Jack and Tom Binder have joined forces to battle the pandemic together.

    One is a paramedic and the other is a firefighter. Now the two are joining together in the fight against coronavirus.

  8. Firefighter raises £900 for the NHS

    A London Fire Brigade officer has raised over £900 for the NHS by completing the 1948 challenge.

    Station Commander Chris Mattingley dragged a 70kg dummy 1948 metres wearing fire gear in support of the NHS which was set up in 1948.

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  9. Children evacuated after fire traps family on balcony

    Two children and a man had to be rescued from a fourth floor balcony after a flat fire in west London.

    Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to a fire at a flat on Draco Street in Kennington, at 12.45. The fire was under control by 13.35.

    Most of a flat on the third floor of a five storey block was damaged by the fire.

    A man and a woman left the affected flat before the Brigade arrived.

    The man and two children were uninjured after firefighters were forced to use a turntable ladder to rescue them.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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  10. 'Many' historic London venues lack fire plans - LFB

    Law Society fire

    London Fire Brigade (LFB) have warned that many historic venues in London still have no up-to-date emergency response salvage plans in place which could be used during a major fire like that which occurred at Notre Dame cathedral a year ago.

    The brigade wrote to 351 different venues following the blaze at the Parisian cathedral to urge them to look at how best to protect their buildings and precious items in the event of a fire.

    A salvage plan provided to fire crews means firefighters have a strategy for their operations so they can identify the priority items that need to be removed from the building, along with other important information such as the size of the items and their exact locations.


    Such planning was used during a large blaze at the Law Society in February.

    Tom Booton, the building's head of corporate real estate, said he was able to explain to the incident commander at the time "about what was and wasn’t important within the building so he could focus his resources", meaning historic legal text books and case law from the 16th century were saved.

    An LFB spokeswoman said an "encouraging number of venues" had responded to the brigade's initial letters but "there are still many venues we haven’t heard from".

    LFB's Heritage Team Leader William Knatchbull said: "We’re lucky to have so many beautiful historic buildings in London and we need to make sure they are treasured by generations to come.

    “Currently many special buildings are closed to the public, so it’s even more imperative to get salvage plans in place."

  11. Firefighters train at Wembley to help ambulance staff

    Members of the London Fire Brigade have undergone training at Wembley Stadium to help their blue light colleagues during the Covid-19 crisis

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    The new plan follows a national agreement last week between the National Employers, National Fire Chiefs Council and the Fire Brigades Union to support local authorities and the NHS, including ambulance services.

    Chief executive of LAS, Garrett Emmerson said: “We have a fantastic ongoing relationship with London Fire Brigade and regularly collaborate closely in a number of ways.

    “We are already dealing with unprecedented levels of demand as a result of Covid-19 – more than 11,000 people are calling 999 for an ambulance every day – and we know the peak of the pandemic is still to come.

    "As part of our preparations we must reach out to all our partners to help boost our response so we can continue to treat every patient who needs us during this difficult time.”