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Firefighter numbers in crisis after chronic underfunding

Firefighter posts have increased by just 318 this year, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has learned. This year’s 1% increase means that there are still nearly 11,500 fewer UK firefighters than in 2010. The FBU is urgently calling for the government to fund firefighter recruitment and reverse a decade...

Police takeover of fire service will damage public safety

Firefighter clearing out after night time house fire
Fire budgets could be cut in favour of policing, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has warned after fire authorities lost a bid to block a takeover from West Mercia's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). Firefighters’ vital community engagement work could also be threatened, as their independence from...

Union slams Heathrow strike-breaking scheme

Striking Heathrow firefighters are being undercut by a privatised strike-breaking outfit from Surrey County Council, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has learned. The FBU has slammed the “backhanded” method of strike-breaking, warning that replacement crews will not be sufficiently trained for airport...

Northern Ireland fire cuts “a template for disaster”

Firefighter clearing out after night time house fire
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has slammed “outrageous” cuts to the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS), after management proposed reducing fire cover in some areas, while cutting emergency resources in Belfast. The cuts are intended to make up a £3.26M shortfall in NIFRS’s revenue...

Employers offer 2% pay rise for UK firefighters

ALP tackling fire
The FBU and fire service employers have agreed to pause discussions surrounding the broadening of firefighters’ roles, with employers offering a 2% pay rise for 2019/20. FBU members will be consulted on the pay offer through union structures, with the Executive Council recommending that members...

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