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Protect yourself against contaminants

New FBU guidance spells out what must be done to minimise hazards, Lynne Wallis reports. Proving the link between workplace hazards such as contaminants and illnesses such as cancer is notoriously difficult, as has been shown by hosts of workers who have been put at risk in the workplace over past...

Last chance to nominate your Pride of Britain

Every year, Pride of Britain asks us if we know an unsung hero. And the answer is that we all do, even if we don’t know their names. They are the firefighters who run into burning buildings to rescue us, the police officers who risk their lives to keep us safe, the paramedics who go above and...

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Pay: No easy answer, but we will continue to challenge the government.

The National Joint Council has agreed an increase in pay rates of 1%, applying from 1 July. A central policy of the Tory government, the public sector pay squeeze means FBU members and their families have seen living standards fall since the financial crash. The anger over this was reflected at our...

Jeremy Corbyn rally in Wales

An atmosphere of hope and optimism for our future

Fresh from a weekend supporting Jeremy Corbyn, Cambridgeshire brigade secretary Cameron Matthews reports from the campaign trail. Last Friday, I was lucky enough to join two other FBU officials from the East Anglia region as we travelled across the UK to support Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour...

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Join us at this years B&EMM school

We are pleased to announce that applications are now open to attend this year’s Black & Ethnic Minority Members school which runs from 7 – 9 October, at Wortley Hall in Sheffield. The school program is designed to educate and empower our ethnic minority members in order to enhance and improve...

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Anyone need to talk?

Awareness of the mental health problems that can confront firefighters is growing. But there is still a long way to go. William Murphy reports. It was an emergency call out to Newham in east London that brought it all back to firefighter Mo Ahmed. His crew from Plaistow fire station was called to a...

Flowers being laid at Stephen Hunt's memorial

Another needless firefighter death, another catalogue of errors

Unlawful killing verdict after six and a half week inquest. Lynne Wallis reports. It has been three years since 38-year-old firefighter Stephen Hunt died while battling a fire started deliberately by two teenage girls in Manchester city centre. In May Stephen’s family finally, at the end of a...

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The homophobic Orlando attack shows why we all must stand up to bigotry

The tragic mass shooting inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando recently was a stark reminder of the hate still directed towards the LGBT community. We may never know the true motives of the perpetrator, but what is absolutely clear is that above all else this was a homophobic attack. This is not...

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