To celebrate 150 years of service to the capital, London Fire Brigade has released an illustrated history of the Brigade and an online video for children to ensure future generations know who to call when they are in danger.
The limited edition book is packed with rare images and charts the Brigade’s history from the formation of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade in 1866 led by Chief Officer Captain Sir Eyre Massey Shaw through to the present day London Fire Brigade led by Commissioner Ron Dobson. The images have been handpicked by the Brigade’s museum curators from pictorial archivists Mary Evans.
Every current serving London firefighter is to receive a free copy of the book, which has been funded by sponsorship from Bristol Uniforms. Members of the public can buy the book online at www.LFB150.co.uk with all profits going charity.
As well as celebrating the past, the Brigade has teamed up with Playmobil to produce a ‘stop motion’ video designed to help keep future generations of Londoners safe. The video features Playmobil figures showing what a modern fire and rescue service does for the community. It will be used by firefighters visiting nursery and reception classes as part of their fire prevention outreach work. The content was developed by Brigade’s Education team.
London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: “It’s fitting that we should start our anniversary celebrations combining the past and the future. The book is a tribute to 150 years of bravery and commitment to London and touches on the Brigade’s role during significant times in history including WW2 and The Blitz and at major incidents such as the King’s Cross fire and the London Bombings on 7 July.
Throughout the year there will be numerous ways the public can join in the celebrations. Visit www.lfb150.co.uk or follow @londonfire and #LFB150 for more information.