The London Fire Brigade
London’s fire and rescue service is the busiest in the country and one of the largest firefighting and rescue organisations in the world. We are here to make London a safer city. Our vision is to be a world class fire and rescue service for London, Londoners and visitors.
Read more about who we are.
The LFB will always respond to fires and other emergencies, but our work has changed over the years with a much stronger emphasis now on fire prevention and community safety.
Read more about what we do.
The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) runs the LFB. The 17 members of the Fire Authority are appointed by the Mayor of London. Eight are nominated from the London Assembly, seven are nominated from the London boroughs and two are Mayoral appointees.
Read more about the Fire Authority and how it conducts its business.
If you would like more information, please visit their website: www.london-fire.gov.uk
The Firefighters Charity
We are the UK’s leading provider of services that enhance quality of life for serving and retired fire fighters, fire personnel and their families. Our vision is to make a positive difference by supporting people in the fire and rescue community when they are in need.
Over the years, we have helped hundreds of thousands of individuals by providing world-class treatment and support services.
It costs £9million a year to keep the Charity running and with no government funding we are completely reliant on the generosity and enthusiasm of our supporters.
The role of a fire fighter is one of bravery, loyalty and devotion to public service. Just like fire fighters, we are passionate about our work and the services we provide to the men and women who risk their lives to save ours.
We have three centres based in Devon, Cumbria and West Sussex, which offer a range of support programmes including physical rehabilitation and recuperation to members of the fire and rescue community in times of need. Our centre in Cumbria also offers nursing care. To aid emotional recuperation, we offer one or two week breaks which are designed to help those who have suffered injury, illness, stress or bereavement.
Our Support Services
Our free, confidential helpline is available to all members of the fire and rescue community. Whatever your background or situation, our friendly team of advisors have been trained to provide impartial advice, guidance and support on a wide range of concerns.
We are also available to provide practical assistance and solutions on a local level through our nationwide network of professional staff and volunteers.
If you feel that you would like to join The Firefighters Charity or would like more information, please visit their website: www.firefighterscharity.org.uk
The Retired Members Association
The LFB RMA is a non-profit organisation and is run solely by volunteers. All of the LFB RMA volunteers (men and women) have either served in the London Fire Brigade or are spouses who have offered to continue with their support of the LFB RMA after the sad loss of a retired member. The London Fire Brigade Retired Members Association was formed in 1930. Their aims are to maintain a contact between retired members of the London Fire Brigade and their former career. To this aim, they organise reunions, trips and other events throughout the year where former colleagues can meet up with friends and acquaintances, who they may have lost touch with over the years. A regular magazine (Roundthreads) also allows members to make comments on their time in the brigade and read about the activities of the RMA. The RMA maintain close contacts with the LFB, The Welfare Fund and the Firefighters Charity and can act as an avenue of contact back to their former employers. The main advantage of the RMA is not the 1st or 2nd year of retirement but, as we all know, nothing stands still. Old friends retire, change stations or roles. The RMA can often re-connect people who have not seen each other for a number of years. Membership of the RMA is open to all retired operational London Firefighters, their widows or widowers and any other staff dealing with Fire and Emergency calls. Their membership subscription is £20 per year The RMA are organised into branches that reflect the old ‘GLC’ A to J Divisional structure. There is also a ladies branch and a branch which covers members in the counties and overseas. Membership of the branches is up to the member who may wish to join a branch that covers their old station or the place where they currently live.
Find out more at their website: www.lfbrma.org
FireSport UK (formerly known as the FSSAA) encourages all forms of sport and athletics, both indoor and outdoor, for the benefit of serving and retired members of the Fire & Rescue Service of the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. It also promotes, organises, and does all things necessary to provide, establish and support competitions, championships and events of a like nature.
FireSport UK oversees a wide spectrum of different sporting activities from angling to walking and mountaineering and for the first time these different activities (or ‘Sections’) – 17 in total are brought together in one easily accessible location; informing the viewer of new or up and coming events taking place at a local, national and international level.
If you feel that you would like to get involved or would like more information, please visit their website: www.firesportuk.com