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Press report regarding the Grenfell Tower fire

The Fire Brigades Union wishes to clarify a number of points regarding the Grenfell Tower fire following a report today (25 May) in the Daily Telegraph. The FBU is participating in the public inquiry as a core participant. We are engaging in good faith in the inquiry process and hope that it...

New fire service mobilising system putting lives at risk

Fire appliances are not being mobilised to life-threatening emergencies because of failing I.T. software in East Sussex, it can be revealed.  Since the introduction of a new mobilising system at East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service in March there have been dozens of incidents where life-...

Statement on the Hackitt report into building regulations

Responding to the publication of the Hackitt review into building regulations in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, the general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) Matt Wrack said: “It is perverse that the Hackitt review does not recommend an outright ban on flammable cladding despite...

Safety fears loom over non-firefighter managers in fire service

Fears have been raised over East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS) appointing staff with no experience of firefighting to key operational positions. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has warned the safety of firefighters and the public is being jeopardised by the practice. ESFRS has advertised...

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