Refugee rescue in the Mediterranean photographer Doug Kuntz

Rescue first, ask questions later

Imagine being holed up on a ship in the Mediterranean with 47 young migrants, many escaping torture, slavery and other forms of abuse. Official boats with flashing blue lights surround you, blocking attempts to land in Syracuse on the southeast coast of Sicily after already being turned away from...

Blair Peach - 40 years on

On the 23 rd April 1979, Blair Peach - a teacher, a trade unionist, a socialist and a father – was killed. Cameron Matthews , chair of FBU’s black & ethnic minority committee, pays tribute to his story and his fight against the far right. A 33 year old young man, Blair was a lifelong anti-...

Firefighters attending Grenfell Silent Walk

Grenfell silent walk

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) join the Grenfell silent walk on the 14 th of every month to pay their respects to the 72 lives lost on 14 June 2017. Dorset and Wiltshire brigade organiser Andy Thompson writes about the importance of the event and why FBU members continue to attend every...

Protesting against the politics of hate

On 16 March thousands of trade unionists and anti-racists will take to the streets of London, Cardiff and Glasgow to protest the politics of hate, writes Eastern Regional Secretary Riccardo la Torre. I and fellow firefighters will be joining them, continuing the Fire Brigades Union’s proud history...

Fighting heat-related illness

Today the FBU and Union Learn are launching a vital health and safety initiative – our Heat Illness Preparation and Awareness (HIPA) course. Overexposure to heat can have a significant effect on a firefighter’s health, with an immediate risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Coroner reports from...

Proud to be LGBT+, proud to be a Firefighter

For LGBT+ History Month, Fire Brigades Union LGBT Secretary Pat Carberry looks back on the fight for acceptance in the fire and rescue service. I was first inspired to get involved in the FBU LGBT Section as a result of a few brave LGBT+ firefighters who came out in their workplaces in the 1990s...

The strength of FBU membership

Unity is strength, and this key trade union principle was clearly recognised by the 11 new members from Portland fire station in Dorset, writes Dorset brigade organiser Scott Blandford. I paid a visit to Portland, a retained fire station in Dorset, last December, to discuss FBU membership benefits...

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