Policies agreed at the annual conference of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), dating back to 1975, can be found on this page.


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Reporting back following executive council meetings

Year: 2018

Transparency and accountability must be at the heart of any democratic Trade Union. To ensure maximisation of trust, it is vital that Members are able to scrutinise the conduct and decisions of...

Trade Union Act

Year: 2017 (Executive council policy statement)

On 4 May 2016 the Trade Union Act received royal assent. The FBU strongly opposes the Act, which adds to some of the most restrictive anti-union laws in Europe. The union made detailed submissions...

Apprenticeships in the fire and rescue service

Year: 2017 (Executive council policy statement )


In 2015 the UK government launched a consultation for an all-UK apprenticeship programme. All employers with a pay bill which exceeds £3 million will need to invest...

Police and Crime Commissioners

Year: 2017 ((Executive council policy statement))

On 31 January 2017, the Policing and Crime Act received royal assent and became law in England. FBU policy, as set down at the 2015 conference and in subsequent Executive Council papers, including...

Firefighters pay

Year: 2017 ((Executive council policy statement))

Firefighters’ pay is a fundamental issue for FBU members and of the utmost importance to the union. UK-wide national pay and conditions with collective bargaining through the National Joint...

Reduced crewing and safety

Year: 2017

Conference is dismayed at the increases we are seeing regarding Fire and Rescue Services
attempting to introduce new types of fi re service vehicles to respond to emergency incidents

Communications on the incident ground

Year: 2017

This Conference notes the outcomes of the investigation into the Balmoral Bar incident.
The lessons identifi ed from this incident include a need to renew the emphasis on the resourcing...

Firefighter personal protective equipment (PPE)

Year: 2017

Conference is concerned around the adequacy of fi refi ghter PPE. Our Members are being
injured at incidents and worryingly in training environments. The PPE we are provided should be

Wholetime/retained contracts

Year: 2017

Conference condemns the practice of Fire Authorities and service management utilising
secondary contracts for Wholetime Duty System (WDS) fi refi ghters to increase the availability...