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Brigade response to the ban on combustible cladding

5th December 2018

London Fire Brigade Assistant Commissioner, Dan Daly said; “While we are supportive of a ban on combustible cladding, it’s not enough to make buildings safer. “Banning cladding won’t make buildings safer unless you ensure that only properly qualified people can

Shop manager handed suspended sentence for fire safety failings at serious Tottenham fire

28th November 2018

A Tottenham newsagent manager has been handed a suspended prison sentence for fire safety breaches following a serious fire at his shop that injured a resident from a flat above and three firefighters. Firefighters were called to Hardings Newsagent in

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

21st November 2018

London’s firefighters and their furry colleagues begin 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. The new PPE includes: helmet,

London Fire Brigade evidence to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

15th November 2018

London Fire Brigade has concluded giving evidence for phase 1 of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry*. London Fire Commissioner, Dany Cotton said: “None of us will ever forget the loss of life and everlasting impact on all those who have suffered

UK bans combustible materials on new high-rise and high-risk buildings’ facades

31st October 2018

James Brokenshire, secretary of state for housing, communities and local government, announced at the Conservative Party Conference 2018 that combustible materials will be banned from the facades of “all new high-rise residential buildings, hospitals, registered care homes, and student accommodations”

‘Sticky science’ saves London school from fire

26th October 2018

London firefighters used a new glue like liquid to save a school in Twickenham from burning down and they are the first crews in Europe to use this unique scientific breakthrough. In July, crews were called to a fire at

New Government safety recommendations reflect years of Brigade lobbying

24th September 2018

Crucial safety recommendations announced by the Government recently reflect many of the issues that London Fire Brigade has spent years lobbying for. In particular a review of the fire safety guidance used to measure fire safety standards in and around

Sprinklers could have saved Dagenham school, says London Fire Brigade

21st September 2018

A school building which was burnt to the ground yesterday could have been saved if sprinklers had been fitted, says London Fire Brigade. Parents of children who were due to return to Roding Primary School in Dagenham this week are

Brigade gives Government bad school report as school fires increase

21st August 2018

School fires in London have increased by 34 per cent in just one year, new London Fire Brigade figures show. The Brigade has been campaigning for a number of years to make sprinklers mandatory in new schools and during major

Council adopts the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)

2nd July 2018

The Council of the European Union has adopted the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). Two articles urge Member States to consider fire safety in building renovations. The amendments to the directive are a strong signal from the European Union that energy

UK Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety falls short regarding regulation of fire safety in buildings

26th June 2018

Brussels, 18 May 2018: The results of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety (the Hackitt review) released yesterday are insufficient in their recommendations for a robust regulatory system for fire safety in high-rise and high-risk buildings. The report has many good

Commissioner’s statement on the first anniversary of Grenfell Tower fire

20th June 2018

London Fire Commissioner, Dany Cotton said: “One year ago today London changed forever. The tragic and unprecedented fire at Grenfell Tower will never be forgotten. “At midday today, London Fire Brigade will fall silent in memory of all those who

Louise set to run in East Cork marathon

15th June 2018

Louise Pollock, one of our team of dedicated business support coordinator in our head office at Romford, is running a marathon to raise money for Marymount University Hospice. She only started running ltwo years ago and has since completed four

Hallie, the new young IQ Fire Solutions Apprentice Engineer!

5th June 2018

Kirsty Meehan, two years as a Business Support Consultant with IQ Fire Solutions, recently gave birth to a girl, Hallie. Already confirmed as a keen supporter of the oldest London team to have been in the Premiership, Fulham FC, Hallie

Manual call points get a make-over

1st June 2018

BSI has revised BS 5839-1:2017, the Code of Practice for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of systems in non-domestic dwellings.  The revision was published on 31 August 2017 and supersedes BS 5839-1:2013 which is now withdrawn. The revision adopts

Fire Safety included in the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)

27th April 2018

Brussels, 17 April 2018: the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) has been adopted today by the European Parliament with two articles that urge Member States to consider fire safety in building renovations. FSEU position Fire Safe Europe (FSEU) sees the amendments

Emergency services honoured by public at Global Radio awards

21st March 2018

Britain’s emergency services have been honoured at ‘The Global Awards 2018’ – a ceremony recognising the best in radio music, news and programmes from 2017. Commissioner Dany Cotton picked up the award on behalf of all the UK’s emergency services.

European Commission publishes smoke toxicity study report paving the way for further work to collect data and develop solutions

8th March 2018

Brussels, 26 January 2018 The European Commission published the final report of its study to evaluate the need to regulate on the toxicity of smoke produced by construction products in fires. The conclusions of the report and its consultants, the BRE, state

Smoking related fire deaths rise in London

8th March 2018

Most fatal fires are started by discarded cigarettes, matches and lighters according to Fire Facts, the London Fire Brigade’s comprehensive annual review of fire data. The report covers up to the end of 2016 and does not include the tragic

FPA 1 day course – Managing Fire Risk in Tall Buildings

15th January 2018

London 5th February The event is aimed at all those concerned with the safety of their tall buildings regardless of age, structure or use. It will be of particular benefit to those with responsibility for residential premises including blocks of

It’s not too late to make your New Year’s resolution!

10th January 2018

Many people see January as an opportunity for a fresh start, and keeping you and your loved ones safe should be top of the list. Maybe circle the first of every month on your calendar and tick it off when

Firefighters, researchers and European institutions look for solutions to the growing issue of firefighter’s cancers

24th November 2017

Cancer is the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths amongst firefighters, accounting for approximately 60% of all deaths. MEP Pavel Poc has been fighting for the recognition of cancer as an occupational health issue for firefighters. Together with the European Parliament’s Members

Statement by Fire Safe Europe following announcement by the European Commission of a Fire Safety platform

10th November 2017

September’s announcement by Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska (DG GROW) that the European Commission will rapidly establish a platform for Member States and stakeholders to discuss fire safety issues, exchange data and best practices is a good decision for improving fire safety

London’s fire chief talks to BBC Breakfast about importance of sprinklers in schools

30th October 2017

Only four new and refurbished schools installed sprinklers, despite the Brigade’s recommendations last year. The Brigade was consulted on 184 London schools being refurbished or built and our advice to install sprinklers was taken in only four of these cases.