To mark the London's Fire Brigade 150th Anniversary, London Fire Brigade have donated a Mercedes 1325 fire engine to the Emergency Response Rescue Corps (a charity) on Gozo, Malta. The keys for the appliance were presented to the High Commissioner of Malta. The ceremony took place during the reopening of the recently rebuilt Shadwell Fire station by the Price of Wales. The Minister for Home Affairs and National Security, Hon Carmelo Abela was present for the ceremony. Mr Etienne Micallef Secretary General and Commander of the Corps, and Mr Colin King Fire Rescue Coordinator were present for the hand over.
The appliance will be driven over to Malta by a team of retired fire fighters. E.R.R.C. is looking forward to receive this appliance, as this would increase its capability for fire and rescue services.
London Fire Brigade is England's busiest fire and rescue service and one of the largest firefighting organisations in the world. 2016 marks the London Fire Brigade’s 150th anniversary. The London Fire Brigade was officially set up in 1866. In 2015/16 firefighters in London attended just under 100,000 incidents. Approximately 8,199 incidents were property fires with fewer than 5,700 fires in the home. The number of fires in London is about half the level of ten years ago and last year, the number of fires in London was below 20,000 for the first time since records began in 1966. There are currently 103 fire stations this includes one river station. The Brigade employs 4,800 uniformed operational firefighters
The Brigade not only fights fires but works proactively to prevent them from happening. Accidental fires in the home are the main cause of fire deaths. The Brigade carryout home fire safety visits at the homes of some of the capital’s most vulnerable residents, including fitting free smoke alarms where necessary.