Matt Wrack delivering speech

LGA: fire conference 2011

Yesterday I was speaking at the Local Government Association ( LGA ) annual fire conference. I was invited to give a short introductory speeech to a panel discussion. Here is what i said:...

Matt Wrack in Hull

Wrack on the road: FBU Lobby: Humberside

This morning I attended a lobby of the Fire Authority in Humberside. FBU members were lobbying to protest at a series of cuts contained in the Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP). An IRMP is supposed to asses the various risks to the community and then identify how the service will plan to...

Matt Wrack

Letter to the fire minister on AssetCo

Bob Neill MP Fire Minister Dear Bob I am writing to bring to your urgent attention a very serious situation. Inland Revenue has petitioned the High Court to wind up AssetCo, the company which now owns and maintains all London’s fire engines, because of its tax debts. This means that every single...

Matt Wrack

Wrack on the road: West Sussex, East Sussex; Kent and Surrey

Have just returned from two days in the FBU’s Region 11 (South East) attending meeting in each of thefour brigades West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent and Surrey. These meetings, once again, included a report on the various challenges and attacks we are facing. In these I have attempted to highlight the...

Waltham Forest

Another weekend: another protest

Most weekends now we have protests and I have been up and down the country over the past few months attending various events, demonstrations rallies and lobbied. Last weekend I was at this event in Waltham Forest, my own borough. These events are highlighting the impact of cuts on local communities...

Violin

Bad news for AssetCo: bring on the violins

I am sure FBU members across the UK will be weeping tears at the latest news regarding AssetCo. The firm, which owns the privatised fire engines in London and Lincolnshire has some commercial and financial troubles. The...

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Music and politics?

Are you bothered what politicians have on their i-pods? In December, David Cameron got a bit of stick for announcing that his musical taste included The Smiths and The Jam. Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr started the debate by tweeting that Cameron was...

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