The long fight to ban toxic foam

Lifesaving fire safety regulations are a legacy of a 1979 fire in Manchester that lives on today - unlike the 10 people who died in the disaster, writes Helen Hague On 8 May 1979, toxic fumes from plastic foam-filled furniture killed 10 people and left 47 injured in the Woolworths store in...

Firefighters can act now on exposure to contaminants

The risk of exposure to cancer-causing contaminants at fires can be reduced with the adoption of simple procedures Shaun Williams remembers that, when he was a child in 1976, his retained firefighter father, Gareth, was paged to respond to a large 20-pump forest fire in Snowdonia, North Wales. He...

Now and always, resistance!

Firefighters and trade unionists were essential in liberating Italy from fascism. Their history needs to be remembered, writes Riccardo La Torre "The firemen will be there, again in front rank. We will have learnt in the Fire Brigades Union the lessons which must be applied to society as a whole...

Saving lives, protecting our people

Firefighters, as a result of their work, are exposed to contaminants that cause cancer. Sean Starbuck reports on an international firefighter conference that shows prevention is possible and that, when this fails, compensation is needed --- THE ISSUE of occupational cancer drew around 100...

Cambridgeshire firefighters marking the anniversary of John Humphries

Remembering our fallen hero John Humphries

Cameron Matthews remembers Cambridgeshire firefighter John Humphries who died in an explosion in 1989. On the 22 March in 1989, firefighter John Humphries of Blue Watch, Stanground fire station lost his life in a horrific explosion in the Fengate area of Peterborough. John was attending an...

Helping the kids of Grenfell

The Firefighters 100 Lottery has donated thousands of pounds to charities helping people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. William Murphy spoke to Zoe LeVack, founder of Kids on the Green Six months after Grenfell Tower was engulfed in flames, a local community group based in Latimer, the area...

13 years ago today - Harrow Court

Thirteen years ago, on 2 February 2005, firefighters Jeff Wornham and Michael Miller gave their lives in the line of duty at Harrow Court, Silam Road, Stevenage. They had rescued one person from flat 85 on the fourteenth floor, but died trying to save the life of Nathalie Close. Three families’...

Funeral procession for Blaina firefighters

Blaina: 22 years on

The lessons learned in the aftermath of a fatal fire in South Wales where two firefighters were killed are still with us says Cerith Griffiths , regional secretary of the FBU in Wales. THE DATE 1 February 1996 will be forever etched in the minds of the residents of the small valley town of Blaina,...

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