Firefighter Mo Ahmed pictured at his sister's grave

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...

Pride flag

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...

Ken Cameron at FBU conference in 1986

Farewell Ken Cameron

Our former general secretary Ken Cameron, a popular, well-known figure in the trade union movement at home and internationally, has died. Born in Scotland, Ken joined the fire service in Birmingham and rapidly became involved in the FBU. He addressed his first conference in 1966 and later became a...

Cambridgeshire chief fire officer's bizarre message to staff

Cambridgeshire chief fire officer (CFO), Chris Strickland, has issued a bizarre message to his staff via the FRS’s intranet system. The Cambridgeshire FRS intranet article makes references to ‘quite a few derogatory comments in the press regarding the appointment of Chris Strickland as chief fire...

Firefighter in front of various fire appliances

A hotchpotch approach to the future of our service

I recently gave evidence in the House of Commons on the Policing and Crime Bill which is currently being rushed through Parliament. It is a hotchpotch of measures involving various aspects of policing but, critically, it also includes the provision to enable Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) in...

Fleur Lombard

Fleur Lombard: ceremony marks 20th anniversary of tragedy

Twenty years since her tragic death, firefighters from across Avon gathered for a ceremony at the memorial dedicated to Fleur Lombard, writes South West EC member Tam McFarlane. On Sunday 4 February 1996, fire crews from the then Avon Fire Brigade, were called to reports of a serious fire at a...

All hands to the pump

The most recent floods have emphasised once again the pressing need for the response to such emergencies to be made a statutory duty for fire and rescue services in England and Wales. Lynne Wallis investigates. Powerful images of firefighter crews rescuing flood victims late last year after storms...

Cheshire firefighter Nic Brennan

A different kind of brave

I don’t want anyone else to feel alone like I did, transgender firefighter Nic Brennan tells William Murphy Two minutes into my conversation with Cheshire firefighter Nic Brennan and he’s already advising me on my new year’s gym routine. “You’ve got to focus on different muscle groups in each...

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