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The London Heat 999 team was officially formed in July 2018, bringing ice hockey as a sport primarily into the London Fire Brigade. However, we opened it up to the Met Police and London Ambulance Service to bring a wider range of players to the team. We had a great response and on that London Heat 999 was born.

With many players coming from London Fire Brigade, we were able to apply to the LFB welfare to form an official section playing under the LFB badge. The official first team practice was held in July 2018 and was a great success. Through word of mouth, people who worked in the public sector in London began to show interest, from complete beginners to experienced players, who hadn’t suited up in years, and the team has grown ever since.

Will Keenan a Firefighter from Surrey, also a member of the UK Firefighter team expressed an interest in helping Lee Newman with the organisation and running of the team. Using the skills they acquired through their jobs they managed to acquire sponsorship from some well-known companies – enabling London Heat 999 to become a fully kitted out and functional team. We decided that this team wouldn’t just be a recreational team, we would do something special with it – we decided that this team would raise money through charity games and raise money for causes close to the players hearts, and for other charities that support us; like the Salvation Army and Firefighters charity to name a few.

The team will play mainly through the summer months when normal hockey leagues are on their off season, so that there’s hockey for the families to watch and enjoy. Most importantly we aim to help support good causes and get more people interested not only watching but playing ice hockey.

With a core of over 30 players and growing, from all sectors of the emergency services and public sector workers in London, this team is going from strength to strength and will hopefully through the power of sport change lives.

Team managers


Lee Newman

Team Manager

I joined the national Firefighters team in 2004 and gained a silver medal at world firefighter games the same year held in Sheffield. I took control of the UK Firefighters team in 2007 and entered the 2008 world fire and police games in Liverpool gaining another silver. I then took the team to New York for the 2011 World fire and police games where we finished outside of the medal spaces, but won a few games against tough opposition on the way.


Will Keenan

Assistant Manager and Game Co-ordinator

I have been a full-time Firefighter for 8 years. Previously I had served in the British army for 15 years. Part of my role as a firefighter is being water rescue level 4 operator and advanced medic. The aspects of my job I love are; every day is different, being part of a team and helping people.