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Firefighters to protect vulnerable by avoiding hospitals and care homes, as “critical risk-based service” agreed

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Fire and rescue services will cease most home fire-safety checks and avoid hospitals, care homes and residences with vulnerable people, to limit coronavirus cross-infection between firefighters and the public, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and fire and rescue bosses have agreed. Firefighters and...

COVID-19: Fire and rescue services lose hundreds of firefighters to self-isolation, as union calls for priority testing

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Fire and rescue service personnel must receive priority testing and vaccination for coronavirus, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has said after some brigades reported losing hundreds of staff to self-isolation. In a letter to ministers in Westminster and the devolved administrations in Scotland,...

Fire Brigades Union responds to Budget 2020

Responding to the 2020 UK government Budget, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has criticised the Chancellor for failing to recognise the role of firefighters in responding to flooding, for failing to provide building safety funding for buildings under 18m and for promising “pittance” to fund...

Firefighters in Scotland reject pay offer

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Firefighters in Scotland have rejected a pay offer that would have led to them taking on significant areas of health and social care work. Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) rejected the offer from their employer, voting by a margin of 60% to 40% on an 81% turnout. The Scottish Fire and...