London's new headquarters opened by The Queen.(News)(London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority )(Brief article)

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, officially opened the new London Fire Brigade Headquarters at Union Street, Southwark on February 21.

The opening continues a royal tradition as Her Majesty's father King George VI opened the previous HQ at Albert Embankment in July 1937. The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, also attended the opening.

As well as opening the building, the Royal Party were taken on a tour and shown the cafe, the gym, the library and the Commissioner's critical incident room, from where senior officers can monitor major incidents.

The extensively refurbished building is also the home of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority and will be the base for around 850 of the brigade's core managerial and administrative staff. …

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