Sixty years on from the Smithfield fire

The tragic Smithfield fire led to the deaths of two firefighters in 1958. It also kickstarted a union campaign to modernise the Breathing Apparatus. ARGUABLY the greatest ever achievement of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in the fight for firefighters' health and safety post-war has been the...

Firefighter Matt Sephton

Inside the tower

Until November, Grenfell firefighters were not allowed to talk about their experiences on that dreadful night. Now that their police interviews are under way, Lynne Wallis heard from Hammersmith firefighter and union rep Matt Sephton. Matt is limited in terms of what he can say about Grenfell, as...

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