The death of Stephen Hunt - make firefighter safety a priority


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This bulletin has been sent to all members of the Fire Brigades Union. There is no more serious matter for the Fire Brigades Union than the death of a member. The inquest into Stephen's death showed a catalogue of errors and failures. The lessons of this tragedy must be learned so that a tragedy like this is never repeated. 

Every FBU official should:

  • raise the coroner’s report with principal managers
  • ensure there are FBU safety reps on every watch
  • organise an active health and safety committee in the brigade
  • mobilise members to take up safety matters
  • engage with managers on health and safety policy and enforcement.

Every FBU member can: 

  • join the union’s campaign
  • insist safety is made a priority
  • demand safety training
  • report incidents, near misses and other concerns
  • discuss safety matters at work
  • lobby politicians locally and nationally


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