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Inside London Fire Brigade

  • Episode: 

    3 of 3

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Thu 10 Aug 2017
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 32 2017 : Sat 05 Aug - Fri 11 Aug
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Inside London Fire Brigade
In June, the UK suffered its most devastating fire since the blitz.   The Grenfell tower tragedy shook Britain to the core and on the front line of the disaster were the heroic firefighters of the London Fire Brigade.  It's brought to the fore an emergency service who risk everything to help those in need. These are the extraordinarily brave men and women who run towards danger as others run from it.
This three part documentary series followed the brigade over the last year as they responded to a staggering range of emergencies.  It gives a unique insight into their work, with fire fighters filming themselves on the dangerous front line using special fire cameras.  
In the third programme of the series, we meet two men both at very different ends of their careers in the London Fire Brigade. 54-year- old Crew Manager Aldo has spent 26 years working as a fire fighter and is about to retire. He’s handing over the baton to graduate Joe – a 25 year old rookie who is learning the ropes and living out his childhood dream of becoming a fire-fighter. After completing training, Joe is put to the test when he has go into a burning house and fight his first fire. It’s a challenging fire in an attic room with difficult access and the potential to create a lethal backdraft.
Over the last three decades Aldo’s job has changed considerably and he’s now more involved in fire safety than ever before. In this episode he heads to a hoarder’s home to give advice on fire risk. We witness why this is so important when another hoarder’s home catches fire. With access blocked, firefighters struggle to get near the flames raging inside the house.
When Aldo joined the London Fire Brigade in the eighties, there were only a few women working for them, but times have changed and it’s no longer only a man’s domain. There are now over 300 females working in the service and in this episode we meet Tami – a working mum. The mum of one, whose husband is also a firefighter at the same station, juggles the demands of night shifts with looking after her 4-year- old son. Tami is called to an incident on Westminster Bridge.
In Brixton fire station, firefighter Josie is called to a fire in a top floor flat which is filling with smoke. Unable to see anything inside, she needs to use a specialist thermal camera to locate the flames.
Despite all their best efforts, the London Fire Brigade can’t always reach every fire in time. Neil and Barry from the Fire Investigation Team attend the aftermath of a fire where the homeowner sadly failed to get out alive. They need to piece together what happened.
Increasingly the fire brigade is called to road traffic accidents and every day in London they have cut someone from a car. The Wimbledon team is mobilised to a car crash where a passenger is trapped with a potential spinal injury. The only way to get him out is cut the roof off.