Securitas, the leading international security specialist, helped the London Fire Brigade (LFB) kick off the celebrations for its 150th anniversary on Friday by sponsoring the organisation’s appearance at London’s New Year’s Day Parade.
New Years Day is the start of the LFB year-long celebration marking the anniversary. The event saw over 50 members of the LFB join over 8,500 performers in the annual parade through central London. Serving officers, fire cadets and retired firefighters walked alongside an array of LFB vehicles, past and present, including a brand new 17-seater mini-bus, used by the Brigade’s young fire cadets, which has been donated by Securitas.
Securitas’ Chief Operating Officer, Shaun Kennedy, said: “Friday was great fun and it has been an honour to support the Brigade and Fire Cadets as they kick off their 150th anniversary in the London New Year’s Day Parade.”
London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: “Friday marked a very special day in the history of London’s fire service. Londoners have a great affection and trust in the Brigade and that is largely down to the huge professionalism of firefighters past and present. While rescue is at the heart of the service, we have also had incredible success with our preventative work. Fires are at their lowest levels since 1966 and we will continue to increase awareness of fire safety through our proactive work to keep London safer than ever before.”