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Government complacency risks another Grenfell

Grenfell Tower wrapped in covering
Nearly two years since the Grenfell tragedy in which 72 people lost their lives, the government has done nothing to adequately prepare fire and rescue services for a similar incident.   New evidence reveals a postcode lottery of preparedness across the country, with some fire services...

Surrey firefighters lobby MPs for funding

Photo credit: Stefano Cagnoni
Firefighters decamped to Westminster to meet with MPs last week, securing the support of Shadow Fire Minister Karen Lee, Jo Stevens and Graham Morris, who spent time discussing the planned cuts and pledged to campaign for fairer funding for the service. The lobby of Parliament follows the...

Firefighters protest prison for rescuing refugees

Spanish firefighter Miguel Roldan credit Paco Puentes
UK firefighters will protest outside the Italian embassy in London today, on Europe Day, in support of a Spanish firefighter facing prison for rescuing refugees. Fire Brigades Union (FBU) activists will call on the Italian government to drop its investigation and end its anti-migrant crusade....

Fire stations sound sirens for Firefighters Memorial Day 2019

Sirens will sound at fire stations across the country tomorrow at midday, to commence a minute’s silence for Firefighters Memorial Day. Communities are asked to join firefighters outside their local fire station to honour the more than 2,300 firefighters who have lost their lives. A wreath will...

“Shameful” Surrey fire cuts will hurt elderly and disabled

Fire scene night
Surrey County Council has been accused of “discrimination”, as proposed cuts to fire and rescue service will hit elderly and disabled residents hardest. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has called the revelations “shameful”. Vulnerable people are at a higher risk when a fire breaks out and require...

Firefighters reject employers’ pay proposal

Firefighters in training exercise
Firefighters have overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to enter into open-ended contracts. 58% of FBU members voted in the consultative ballot exceeding the threshold required for industrial action under the 2016 Trade Union Act. 97% of members rejected a controversial proposal from employers that...

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