Friday 19 September 2008 4.38pm
How sad and how ill informed it was of Brian Coleman, Fire Authority Chairman, when referring to the London Fire Brigade Museum
in Southwark, that 'when you've seen one brass helmet you have seen them all'. To quote a beer advert, the London Fire Brigade (LFB) is
> probably the best fire brigade in the world with a rich fire fighting heritage going back to Roman times. The men and women of the LFB have served the capital with pride over centuries, some making the ultimate sacrifice. With this pride the brigade shares such history for London residents and visitors alike through the museum. To close the museum without finding a different solution for funding would be tragic and a smack in the face for all firefighters who give so much to the people they serve and deprive citizens of their history too.
With such high spending in other areas, the running costs for the museum in the grand scheme of things are low, but the benefits are high.
What about asking the people of London's communities what they think about their fire brigade and if spending £84k is an acceptable amount to spend to preserve such history?