The London Fire Brigade

The London fire brigade or LFB, the largest fire services in the UK and ranked fourth-largest in the whole world. It is London’s statutory fire and rescue service. They have almost 7,000 staff wherein 5,800 of it are operation fire fighters that are based at 112 fire stations.

Lists of what LFB does:


  1. They respond to traffic collision, trapped-in-lift releases and floods as well as incidents that involve hazardous materials, which is a danger to the people and environment and major vehicular accidents.
  2. They conduct emergency planning as well as perform inspections for fire safety and educate schools, homes, and organisations.
  3. They are well-trained and knowledgeable in first aid, but they do not provide ambulance service because it is under London Ambulance Service, which is an independent NHS trust.
  4. They carry with them in their fire engine a first aid equipment, which also includes basic resuscitators.
  5. They have services such as animal rescue and suicides or attempts and waterborne rescue.

They use 4 risk systems in categorizing fire where every building is graded for its risk on the scale of A to D. Below are 4 categories that LFB use:

  • Category A includes places with high density of large populations or buildings. Three fire engines are dispatched and the first two within 5 minutes, and the last one is within 8 minutes.
  • Category B includes areas with medium density of large populations or buildings. Two fire engines are dispatched. The first one will arrive in 5 minutes, and the second is 8 minutes.
  • Category C includes lower density, detached properties and suburban areas. Only one fire engine is deployed within 10 minutes.
  • Category D covers rural areas not covered by the first three categories and only one fire engine is deployed within 20 minutes.

The FLB have multi-tasking job. However, they follow an organized system in order for them to perform and do their task well.