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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...

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...

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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...

Designers in the process of working on the new FBU logo

The story behind our new logo

Designer Sam Lachlan on the challenge of updating the new FBU logo without losing its heritage Back in 2015 the FBU approached us with the opportunity to update its badge. It was felt that the existing FBU badge was loaded with character but posed problems in its functionality and application. We...

Jeremy Corbyn pictured at the Durham Miners Gala

Welcome home

Jeremy Corbyn responds to the FBU’s decision to affiliate to the Labour Party once more. When I announced my campaign to lead the Labour Party I promised a new kind of politics. The news that the Fire Brigades Union voted to rejoin the party at a special conference in November is a huge milestone...

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