Date Published : January 1st, 2016 Published By : adminLondon Fire Brigade is celebrating 150 years of service today. The UK’s Capital fire brigade has announced a year of celebration and fire safety events to commemorate the anniversary.
Although the Great fire of London occurred 350 years ago, it wasn’t until 1st January 1866 that London Fire Brigade was initially formed as The Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB). This was as a result of insurance companies telling the government they were unwilling to be responsible for fire protection in London due to escalating compensation costs.
New Year's Day Parade
The year-long celebration starts today with LFB staff involved in the New Years Day parade. The theme of the parade is magic and the head of fire investigation Charlie Pugsley, who is also a magician, will be performing tricks with specially designed fire safety themed playing cards.
Around 50 people from across the Brigade including firefighters, fire cadets and retired members will walk the route alongside past and present vehicles.
London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: "Today marks a very special day in the history of London's fire service. Londoners have a great affection and trust in the Brigade and that is largely down to the huge professionalism of firefighters past and present. While rescue is at the heart of the service, we have also had incredible success with our preventative work. Fires are at their lowest levels since 1966 and we will continue to increase awareness of fire safety through our proactive work to keep London safer than ever before."
Other 150 year events
Throughout 2016, there will be lots of ways the public an join in the celebrations and a number of events have also been organized to take place throughout the 150th year looking at the history of London Fire Brigade and educating the public on the importance fire safety information. All events are free of charge to the public and part funding has been found from a number of sponsors.
Pics: (London Fire Brigade)
Limited edition 150 book still on sale
The limited edition book is packed with rare images and charts our history from the formation of the MFB through to the present day London Fire Brigade led by Commissioner Ron Dobson. The images have been handpicked by museum curators from pictorial archivists Mary Evans. Every current serving London firefighter has received a free copy of the book which has been funded by sponsorship from Bristol uniforms. Members of the public can purchase the book online through the fire brigades website.
150 years of progress
London Fire Brigade is the busiest fire and rescue service and the busiest metropolitan fire and rescue service in the UK and one of the largest firefighting organisations in the world. It provides services across the whole of the Greater London area, serving the capital's 8.2 million residents as well as those who work in and visit the city. Last year, the number of fires was below 20,000 for the first time since records for Greater London began in 1966 and fire deaths have steadily declined since the 1980s. In 1987, there were 28.5 fire deaths per million residents compared to 3.4 per million in 2014.
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