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30,000 sign petition against Devon and Somerset fire cuts

30,000 sign petition against Devon and Somerset fire cuts Firefighters in Devon and Somerset are today handing in a petition with over 30,000 signatures from members of the public, calling on the service to scrap plans to ‘decimate’ fire services in the area. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has...

JACKPOT! More ways to win the Firefighters 100 Lottery than ever before

There are more chances to win in the Firefighters 100 Lottery than ever before, with new changes to prize structures coming in next month. Each week, there will three tiers of guaranteed winners, so that more than 70 people can take home a prize. Launched to mark the FBU’s centenary last year,...

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...

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