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No threat of capability? Who are they trying to kid?

The FBU is currently balloting members over pensions. We expect a bit of a war of words at such a time. The governments(s) have started responding. So have various Chief Officers and other principal managers. One theme of these responses is that the FBU is overstating the case on capability. There...

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Firefighters needs the facts on pensions

As you might expect on a subject such as pensions, there are a lot of facts and figures being fired around. But one emerged this week that was particularly telling. After a phone-in on pensions with Fire Minister Brandon Lewis, a poll of its 130 listeners indicated 72% had been given no better...

FBU anti cuts adverts spark debate

The FBU launched a series of adverts in the press last Monday in the run up to our lobby of Parliament on Wednesday. It caused quite a stir. The (English) Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) isssued a press comment cricising us and a number of MPs raised objections. It even...

FBU lobby against the cuts

This Wednesday will see FBU members from around the UK attend a lobby of Parliament in Westminster to argue against cuts in the fire service. This is a targeted lobby of delegates from each brigade committee – but all FBU members are asked to follow this up by contacting your local MP. This can be...

West Yorkshire rally against the proposed cuts

Having bought myself an i-pad, I am hoping to be able to update the blog a bit quicker than in the past. I have not yet quite mastered putting pics in the blog from the i-pad so there may be some delays in that. But because its easier to carry I can draft posts much quicker. Am writing this on the...

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Dean Bird: A retirement do to remember

I am just travelling to Grantham for an Executive Council meeting having attended a retirement function for London member Brother Dean Bird – someone I have known for many, many years. Dean has been a long standing Station Officer in London – at Bethnal Green and more recently at Holloway. He has...

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Funeral: Brother Alan Soards

I have just got home from Gorleston-on-Sea near Great Yarmouth. I attended the funeral of Brother Alan Soards. Alan was a member of the FBU in Suffolk based in Lowestoft. Alan died in tragic circumstances whilst engaged in training for water rescue. He also died tragically young. The tributes at...

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Fire Sector Summit

On Wednesday, I attended and spoke at the Fire Sector Summit at Wembley. This event is convened by the Fire Protection Association and draws together various people from the fire and rescue service and the wider fire sector. This includes insurers,...

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