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London Fire Brigade – News – March 2023

Date: Friday, 21st Apr 2023 | Category: General



Do you #ChargeSafe?

Maria Frasquilho Macarro, the mother of a 21-year-old woman who died earlier this year has made a heartfelt plea to take care with e-bikes and e-scooters. Maria’s daughter, Sofia Duarte, sadly died in a fire investigators believe was caused by a converted e-bike’s battery bursting into flames and blocking an escape route.
To give people the knowledge they need to stay safe from these types of fires we’ve launched our #ChargeSafe campaign this week, which provides advice on charging, storing and modifying these vehicles and their batteries.


Prepared for anything

This month our firefighters, officers and Control Room staff took part in a national exercise to test our response to terrorist incidents. This type of training is one of the best ways we can test how we’d respond to these incidents, look for improvements, and ensure we’re ready to serve London in an emergency.



New electric vehicles join our fleet

Seen some new Brigade vehicles on the road lately? We’ve begun rolling out our new Volkswagen ID3 cars, used by station-based officers to travel to incidents. These fully electric vehicles have a range of over 200 miles, and with charging infrastructure at our fire stations, they’re ideal for London’s streets.



Do you know your heat alarm from your smoke alarm?

If you’re not sure how a heat alarm is different from a smoke alarm, or where you might need a carbon monoxide alarm – take a look at our website for advice. We’ve also got you covered if you want to know about alarms for people with hearing impairments, or alarms linked to Telecare services.

There’s something out there for everyone, so make sure you have what’s right for your home.