London Fire Brigade turn to Twitter

DAILY fire updates are now available to curious Havering residents after London Fire Brigade launched its official Twitter feed.

It follows a successful trial, where officers Tweeted on a range of high-profile incidents in the capital, including a fire affecting the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree, and inferno in a Deptford tower block in which six people were rescued.

One of the more recent Tweets was of the rescue of three youngsters from waist-high mud in Hornchurch, last week.

The brigade will use Twitter – which allows members to microblog up to 140 characters - to keep the public and media informed during major incidents.

Rita Dexter, the Brigade’s deputy commissioner, said: “Londoners lead busy lives and need to have the latest information fast. By using Twitter, we’re able to get accurate information out more quickly.”

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