Death of member: Brother Josh Gardener

Circular: 2019HOC0473MW

Dear Brother / Sister DEATH OF MEMBER: BROTHER JOSH GARDENER It is with great sadness that I have to report that Brother Josh Gardener of Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, died in an...
Jeff Naylor firefighter died in the line of duty in 1983

Remembering a quiet hero

Dr Shane Ewen tells Jeff’s story as a reminder of the sacrifices firefighters make to protect their local communities and his significance in the union’s campaign for improved firefighter safety across the service. On 10 July 1983, 36 years ago, firefighter Jeff Naylor died as a result of burns...

Cambridgeshire firefighters marking the anniversary of John Humphries

Remembering our fallen hero John Humphries

Cameron Matthews remembers Cambridgeshire firefighter John Humphries who died in an explosion in 1989. On the 22 March in 1989, firefighter John Humphries of Blue Watch, Stanground fire station lost his life in a horrific explosion in the Fengate area of Peterborough. John was attending an...

Funeral procession for Blaina firefighters

Blaina: 22 years on

The lessons learned in the aftermath of a fatal fire in South Wales where two firefighters were killed are still with us says Cerith Griffiths , regional secretary of the FBU in Wales. THE DATE 1 February 1996 will be forever etched in the minds of the residents of the small valley town of Blaina,...

Sixty years on from the Smithfield fire

The tragic Smithfield fire led to the deaths of two firefighters in 1958. It also kickstarted a union campaign to modernise the Breathing Apparatus. ARGUABLY the greatest ever achievement of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in the fight for firefighters' health and safety post-war has been the...

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