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: -...

Legal protection against discrimination Aug Sept FF 2019

Sexual orientation discrimination: your legal protections

Despite the great strides that have been taken over several decades, discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers remains an entrenched and very much a live issue for many in the workplace. The results of a survey of over 100,000 LGBT people in the UK that was...

Pride hats

The union's LGBT school

For me, the highlight of the FBU LGBT school is always the guest speakers that attend. Relevant, informative and often moving, the talks demonstrate the past present and future importance of our section and the work it does. This year’s school opened with Jezza Donovan from the charity Gendered...

Ready for the fight ahead

Firstly, I want to thank members for trusting me to continue as general secretary of our great union. It is a huge privilege and honour to serve the members of the FBU for a fourth term, and I am humbled to have received the highest proportion of votes (67%) in any FBU general secretary election...

Saving firefighters' lives

We can make firefighting safer with our ground-breaking contaminants research, but we need all firefighters to take part, says FBU general secretary Matt Wrack . Last year, we launched a contaminants research project with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to examine the links between...

New Year message from FBU general secretary

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, sends the following message to all members: "2019 has been a challenging year, but the FBU has continued to be a fighting force, protecting firefighters, control staff and the fire service. "We can be proud that our union took on the government’s attacks on...

Firefighters in Calais with the FBU fire engine

Calais solidarity: a community full of pride

FBU East Midlands regional secretary Adam Taylor on a solidarity visit to refugees in northern France When we arrived in Dover before our ferry crossing to Calais, many conversations were shared about what we expected to find at the refugee camps we were heading to. It would later become apparent...

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