The Volunteers working at the Museum along with a small group of concerned individuals form the Friends of the London Fire Brigade Museum and its membership started to grow. The embryonic membership hold a series of meetings to define the strategy, create the organisation with a formal constitution and elect its officers.

The South London Press report the proposed closure of the Museum on 7 October 2008.

The local online media feed SE1 also reported the situation and started to work in support of the Friends.

At a subsequent Authority meeting, members of the Friends, dressed in “Save the Fire Brigade Museum” t-shirts, sat silently in the Public Gallery. 
The reaction from the floor was disproportionate.