PTSD: The signs to watch out for

As the tragedy of Grenfell unfolded in front of the nation’s eyes, the bravery of the hundreds of firefighters battling the tower block blaze was there for all to see. What remains unseen however, is the traumatic aftermath for those who waded into the Kensington fire, and the possibility of it...

Grenfell lessons

Action to safeguard the public and firefighters from avoidable death and injury tends to follow disasters like Grenfell Tower. Lessons learned this time must end and reverse decades of ‘deregulation’ that was driven by greed and ignorance, says historian Shane Ewen . The Grenfell Tower disaster...

FAQs: Pay consultation

Andy Dark answers frequently asked questions about the pay consultation. Q: If the offer is accepted what does it commit firefighters to doing? The employers’ offer is candid in that they acknowledge that, in the absence of certainty that they will be able to afford the second stage 2017 payment of...

Burning skies

Helen Hague recalls ‘heroes with grimy faces’ who were also artists St Paul’s Cathedral stands proud and defiant against a red glowing sky as huge fires rage all around. A wall from a bombed-out building is collapsing as two firefighters stand in its shadow. A uniformed firefighter, eyes half shut...

Change the law for life

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka ’s life was saved after a heart transplant. He wants more people to be given the same opportunity. After having a transplant last December, organ donation is a subject very close to my new heart. While Wales and Scotland have changed how their donor registers...

Grenfell Tower

Grenfell Tower: A disaster that should never have happened

The scale of the fire that engulfed Grenfell Tower in June was unprecedented. Firefighters all around the world would have watched with horror as the fire took hold as it did. In over 30 years working within the fire and rescue service, I have never seen a fire pose such a huge threat to human life...

"You can beat it": One firefighter's battle with alcohol

Christian wants people dealing with alcohol addiction to know that help is out there. William Murphy reports. For the best part of 20 years, Wimbledon green watch firefighter Christian Crabb, 44, believed he was just a heavy drinker. He was fond of a beer now and then but he always had an element...

Exposing the shambolic Regional Fire Control project

Regional Fire Control needs to be exposed as one of the biggest acts of hypocrisy in modern politics, says Tam McFarlane For a government that takes great pleasure in cutting public services in the name of ‘efficiency savings’, the ongoing fiasco of empty Regional Fire Control Centres is surely one...

Women blazing a trail

Twenty-five female firefighters lost their lives during the Second World War – some of the forgotten heroines of the home front, writes Lynne Wallis Women worked as firefighters long before the Second World War. They were employed by private brigades and others like the one attached to the feminist...

Strong roots, strong union

William Murphy finds out how the FBU’s retired and out of trade section is going from strength to strength ROOT – the retired and out of trade section of the FBU – is home to around 6,500 former firefighters and control operators. These are members who have either left or retired from the fire...

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