A capital under attack.(London Bombings)

As London was placed under terrorist attack on 7/7--bombs exploding on three underground trains and a bus--its firefighters were among the first at the incidents, assisting the injured and dying. The professionalism and dedication of frontline responders saved many lives, but the harrowing scenes of devastation will live forever in the memories of those who served that day

London Bombings


0856: Metropolitan Police Service call the brigade to a fire and explosion at Aldgete tube station.

0857: Appliances and firefighters mobilised.

0900: Two appliances from Whitechapel are first to arrive at the scene, quickly followed by others.

0905: Major incident declared and extra appliances requested.

0914: Lewisham's Fire Rescue Unit (FRU), with specialist cutting equipment, arrives at the scene.

When firefighters from Whitechapel arrived they helped casualties while other firefighters assessed the situation in the tunnels. SubO Robinson's crew, from Bethnal Green Blue Watch, were third on the scene. They worked with Whitechapel crews to set up an equipment dump on the concourse. His crew helped paramedics assess on-train injuries applied first aid, rescued people and took passengers through the tunnel to Aldgate East.

Ff Jason Salim, Whitechapel Red Watch

"People were coming out of the front of the station with cuts, saying there had been an explosion. We carried out first aid. I was applying pressure to a bad stomach wound while another firefighter was giving her oxygen and talking to her to keep her conscious.

"Firefighters went down into the station and brought people up to street level. I soon saw there were people with worse injuries ..."

Ff Matt Clarke, Shadwell

"We went into the tunnel--the emergency lighting had come on. …

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