Thoughts on phase 2 of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

You may be forgiven for thinking that the Grenfell Tower Inquiry had concluded with the firefighters’ evidence in Phase 1 – given the intense media attention afforded to the actions of individual firefighters and the London Fire Brigade. But you are mistaken, Phase 2 has been up and running since...

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Pension consultation Q&A

We take a look at government proposals to rectify unlawful age discrimination in firefighter pensions, after the FBU’s court victory last year What’s the latest with firefighter pensions? The Tory-Lib-Dem coalition government carried out a series of attacks on the pensions of firefighters and other...

Firefighters deliver essentials during Covid-19

Firefighting the virus: FBU members on the COVID-19 frontline

The coronavirus death toll in the UK has surpassed 50,000, bringing tragedy to thousands of families. The disproportionate impact on the elderly and vulnerable left 2.2 million shielding for months, while millions more were furloughed, laid off or instructed to stay at home. Throughout,...

Black lives matter firefighters take the knee

I can't breathe

How many times have we had these chilling last words from innocent black victims? Desperately gasping for air, before dying at the hands of another. Perpetuated by the individuals and very institutions that are ‘sworn to protect’. For eight minutes and 46 seconds George Floyd and bystanders pleaded...

A home should be a human right, not a commodity

Grenfell survivor Nicholas Burton has huge respect for firefighters who enter burning buildings to save lives. He believes firefighters around the world deserve great respect and admiration from those they serve. After all he has been through, he is well placed to judge. Nicholas was rescued, along...

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Organising during the COVID-19 crisis

With firefighters on the frontline continuing to keep the public safe during the COVID-19 crisis, it’s vital that FBU members’ voices and concerns are heard. Tam McFarlane , FBU national officer, shares the ways that FBU members can continue to organise throughout the pandemic. The FBU has been...

Australian firefighters and bushfires

Climate change in action

Raymond Markey of Macquarie University, on the bushfires devastating large parts of Australia - their impact on firefighters and communities and the warnings that went unheeded UNPRECEDENTED ​‘Unprecedented’ is the term regularly applied to the current Australian bushfire crisis, in terms of: -...

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