Press release: PR036/07 Date: 17 July 2007

A specialist team of London Fire Brigade staff is now working across London to make all its diverse communities safer, working with firefighters across the capital. One of the 14 new Fire and Community Safety Officers, Collette O’Hara, is currently based in Harrow and working with its Somali community and other groups.

Collette O’Hara has organised an event on Friday, 20 July at Harrow Fire station for members of this community to learn about careers with the Brigade, as well as fire safety.

It’s an opportunity to learn about the process of joining the Brigade and life as a firefighter. The Borough Commander will be there to show people around the fire station and appliance.

Every year in the UK there are more than 68,000 fires in people’s homes, resulting in 400 deaths and 14,000 injuries.
Collette O’Hara said: “The single most important thing local people can do to protect themselves from fire is to fit a smoke alarm and check it regularly. It can give you the vital seconds needed to escape or raise the alarm. The Brigade wants all members of the community to be protected by an alarm and offers free home fire safety visits in which local firefighters will fit an alarm for free if necessary.

The Brigade also wants all communities to be aware of the career opportunities and that’s events like these are so important.”

For a free home fire safety visit call the London Fire Brigade’s freephone number 08000 28 44 28, quoting Harrow 02, or email:

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