The three-part documentary series, following the work of the London Fire Brigade, concludes it’s run. This final episode features two firefighters at opposite ends of their career. Crew manager Aldo (picture left) is getting ready to retire and hand over the baton to new recruits like Joe (pictured right).
Joe is a 25-year-old graduate who is learning the ropes and living out his childhood dream of becoming a fireman. On his first call-out, he is put to the test when he faces a challenging attic fire, as access to the room is difficult and it has the potential to create a lethal backdraft.
Aldo has been a firefighter for 26 years, and over the course of his career his job has changed. He is now more involved in fire safety, and he heads to a hoarder’s house to give advice on fire risks. The importance of this is enforced when the brigade attends a fire at another hoarder’s house. Access to the house is blocked by clutter and they struggle to get near the raging fire.
When Aldo began his career, there were very few female firefighters. Now there are over 300 in the brigade, including Tami, who is called to a fire on Westminster Bridge, and Josie, who is called to a fire in a Brixton top floor flat. The flat is filled with smoke, and Josie needs to use a specialist thermal camera to locate the flames. Despite their heroic efforts, the fire brigade cannot always reach every fire in time. In the Fire Investigation Team, Neil and Barry attend the aftermath of a fire. Tragically, the occupant was unable to escape, and the team need to piece together what happened.
Inside London Fire Brigade Episode 3 (of 3) airs Thursday 10 August 2017 at 9.00pm