It is with great sadness that I write to notify you of the death of Alan Bannon (age 38) and James Shears (age 35) two members from Hampshire who died tragically on 6 April while attending an incident in a high rise block of flats in Southampton. Obviously our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and colleagues of both Alan and James at this extremely tragic and difficult time.
Two other members sustained burns to their hands at the incident and our best wishes go to both of them for a speedy recovery.
I further ask that you think of the others who attended this incident and will also be suffering in many ways as a result.
FBU officials have already started work on investigating this tragedy, and further information will be released when possible. This will obviously be a long and difficult process and Head Office will provide whatever support is necessary.
I know that all members will be keen to support and assist the families, friends and colleagues of the members involved in this tragedy in whatever way possible and I will issue further information when available and appropriate.