The London Fire Brigade has used social media to tackle fires in the past
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London Fire Brigade could use Twitter for 999-style emergencies

The London Fire Brigade has said it is considering allowing people to tweet emergencies instead of dialling 999.

It currently advises against using social media to make the service aware of fires as it is not monitored 24 hours a day.

But it has acknowledged that the increasing proliferation of smart phones means they must "improve how we communicate with the public".

It said it would share its experiences with other emergency services.

  • 18 Dec 2012