Firefighter George Arthur Roberts

A pioneer honoured

The man thought to have been Britain’s first black firefighter has been honoured, posthumously, with a blue plaque and a ceremony to commemorate his work throughout the blitz during the Second World War. The plaque is now on the wall of the former South London home of George Arthur Roberts, who...

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary

Cuts, and those who force them through, must be resisted

During September our members in Greater Manchester were facing a bleak future. More than 1,250 firefighters faced the sack – only those who agreed to sign up to worse conditions of service would be re-engaged. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has to find savings of more than £14m, but...

London fire stations sold off

Safety for sale

As the new mayor of London orders a review of the city’s firefighting capacity, Helen Hague looks at two historic threats to the capital’s safety – the Great Fire and Boris Johnson. When Thomas Farriner, the King’s baker, forgot to shut down his ovens on Pudding Lane in early September 1666, he...

Fifty three American flags were placed on the green lawn in front of Fire Station 5 – one for each victim

Checking Orlando's Pulse

Firefighters in the Florida city of Orlando responded to the worst mass shooting in recent US history. William Murphy reports on how they coped and how they plan to recover. In the early hours of Sunday 12 June, 29-year-old Omar Mateen walked into the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida and...

Fiirefighters hand on dirty helmet

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...

Firefighter with mask

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...

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