LFB wins product design award

Searched LFBLondon Fire Brigade’s Design Team has won in the Best Industrial Product Design category for its new, acrylic ‘Searched’ tags, at the Design Week Awards. Judges recognised the simplicity of the design in doing ‘one thing especially well’.

The lightweight tags, which fit easily into a firefighter’s pocket, are bright red and can be hung from a door handle, over the top of a door on in a key-card slot. The design is part of improvement work to the brigade’s search and rescue practices, particularly when searching large buildings such as housing blocks, hotels or offices, following the 2009 Lakanal House fire inquest.

Previously firefighters would mark each door with a yellow wax crayon, which wouldn’t always display clearly on smoky or burnt surfaces, making searching buildings far more time consuming.

Group Manager for Operational Policy, Tom Goodall, said, “Our ‘Searched’ tags are being trialled extensively prior to their launch and early feedback from firefighters has been very positive. They have said the simple product design saves them vital time and will contribute to saving lives in the future.”

At the end of an incident, the waterproof tags can be retrieved and re-used, making them cost effective to produce.

The Judges said, “It absolutely fulfils its need and is clearly an extremely well-considered idea, creating a standardised method where one didn’t exist.”

The brigade beat stiff competition from Coca Cola and Thompson Aero Seating to win the category.