Private money, public mayhem

The slow creep towards privatisation of the UK fire service. Special investigation by David Wibberley . It would be unacceptable and emotive for any politician to announce in public plans to privatise the UK fire service. Politicians accept that, despite the sustained government sponsored attacks...

Andrew Adams and family with Greenock Morton FC defender Michael Doyle

The fire service is like a family. We are always there for each other

The whole world becomes a challenge when a firefighter suffers injuries like those Andrew Adams sustained while fighting a fire. As he becomes the first beneficiary of the new Firefighters 100 Lottery, Andrew tells William Murphy how his life has changed. Severed spinal cord, fractured neck, three...

FBU campaigning against cuts to Avon Fire and Rescue Service

We are the custodians of our service

“Don’t think of this as your own personal job - you’re only looking after it for the next person.” This is one of the first things many of us were told when we joined the fire service. It is a view held so strongly throughout the service that it is expressed across our profession, by people of all...

Judges win parallel discrimination pension case

Over two hundred judges at various levels of the judicial structure have brought age discrimination claims regarding the reform of the Judicial Pension Scheme, a close parallel to the claims brought on behalf of younger firefighters who were transferred into the 2015 Firefighters’ Pension Scheme...

Time to stem the tide of flood misery

An important committee of MPs has backed the FBU’s demand for fire and rescue services in England to have a statutory duty to tackle floods – providing the funding and workforce to end the appalling conditions faced by firefighters who tackle floods each winter. Lynne Wallis reports. In the weeks...

Help us record the history of our service, profession and union

As plans to celebrate the union’s centenary in 2018 gather pace, FBU general secretary Matt Wrack appeals for members’ help. The Fire Brigades Union will be 100 years old in 2018. On a recent visit to the union’s archives, which are held at the Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick, we...

Retained firefighter Peter Barrat on board the Topaz responder

Refugees risking it all

The inside account of one retained firefighter’s month-long deployment to the frontline of Europe’s refugee crisis. William Murphy reports. Four days go by without any action. A storm raging over the Mediterranean has interrupted the smugglers’ schedule of boat launches. Then, on the fifth day, a...

Ex-servicemen turned firefighters Tam McFarlane & Steve Hoare

The ties that bind

The ties that bind our armed forces and the fire service run deep and must be remembered, particularly at this time of year, writes Tam McFarlane. As an ex-serviceman and firefighter, I am often struck by the high profile role the fire service has in Remembrance Sunday events across the UK. There...

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