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3,000 fire and rescue personnel in coronavirus isolation as services pay the price for testing fiasco

Fire and rescue personnel urgently need coronavirus testing, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has warned, as services lose up to 12% of their firefighters and control staff to self-isolation. Nearly 3,000 fire and rescue staff are in self-isolation and unable to work, representing 5.1% of the UK’s...

300 London firefighters to help ambulance coronavirus response

Hundreds of firefighters have agreed to drive ambulances and assist paramedics to aid the London Ambulance Service’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The London Fire Brigade agreed on Wednesday that 300 firefighters would assist paramedics after last week’s national agreement between the...

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

London ffs attending incident credit Ian Marlow
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

Hot fire training
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

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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...

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