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Could the London Fire Brigade cope with another King's Cross fire in 2017?

Capability to cope with a repeat of the King’s Cross fire could potentially be severely hampered by cuts to life saving fire and rescue service resources in the capital, according to information collated by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in the run up to the 30th anniversary of the King’s Cross fire...

East Anglian firefighters fighting to save their fire service

Firefighters from the East of England will be in Parliament today (15 Nov) lobbying the government for more funding for fire services ahead of the Chancellor’s budget next week. The lobby comes as the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) marks the 40th anniversary of the first ever national strike action...

Union slams Freemasons funding of London Fire Brigade

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has today raised serious concerns over a multi-million pound donation to the London Fire Brigade (LFB) by the London Freemasons. The society will gift LFB £2.5m for the purchase of two extended height aerial vehicles. London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton had asked...

Firefighters say cutting train guards will slow emergency response

Firefighters have raised safety concerns about plans to axe guards from trains on the Merseyrail and Northern rail lines. Members of the RMT union are currently taking industrial action in protest at the proposals. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) says that the move to driver only trains could...

Firefighters welcome delay to crew size vote

Tyne and Wear Fire Authority has delayed a vote on cutting the number of firefighters who serve in fire crews, a week after the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) warned the move could put lives at risk. The authority had been due to vote yesterday (6 Nov) on reducing crew sizes from five to four at fire...

FBU statement on death of Carl Sargeant AM

Grant Mayos, executive council member for the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in Wales, issued the following statement after the death of former Welsh Government Minister Carl Sargeant AM: “I am extremely shocked at today’s news. I knew Carl well on both a professional and personal basis. He was fire...

Reduced fire crew sizes will put lives at risk

The safety of firefighters in Tyne and Wear and the public they protect will be put at risk if plans are given the go-ahead to reduce the size of fire crews, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has warned today. Tyne and Wear Fire Authority have proposed cutting the number of firefighters who serve on...

Quarter of firefighters axed as union warns of staffing crisis

A Home Office report has revealed the number of firefighters employed by fire and rescue services has been reduced by nearly a quarter over the past decade. In 2017, 33,049 firefighters were working in the UK according to the report. This was a 4% decrease compared with the previous year (34,395...

Almost a third of fire safety inspectors cut, report reveals

Fire services have lost nearly a third of their fire safety inspectors since 2010, a shock report reveals. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU), who compiled the figures from a series of Freedom of Information requests, says the staggering 28% drop in inspector numbers across the UK is a risk to public...

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