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Fire: FBU helps firefighter to win six-figure sum after injury

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

A former firefighter who suffered a career ending injury while working at Ilkley fire station in West Yorkshire has secured a substantial damages settlement.

Michael Hollings was seriously injured during a training exercise in May 2011. He and two colleagues were taking part in a drill that involved working at height when the 13.5metre ladder they were using cracked, causing them to fall to the ground.

Michael was wearing an “improvised chest harness” which held him to the ladder at the time of the accident.

As it fell, the top of the ladder landed on a solid fence surrounding the training area, leaving Mr Hollings suspended six inches above the ground.

The force of the recoil as the ladder impacted on the fence left him with a comminuted fracture, two dislocated elbows and forearms. His right foot was also fractured in the fall and he was left concussed.

Mr Hollings said: “Luckily, my FBU union representative came to talk to me after the accident and pointed me in the direction of...

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Fire: Essex Fire Authority urged to act over failing IT mobilising system

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

More incidents have been reported over the weekend of failings from the new ‘state of the art’ mobilising system used to get the right fire engine to the right incident with the correct information.

Emergency responses have been delayed as the IT system has repeatedly failed to notify fire stations of emergency 999 calls that have been reported.

Now the Fire Brigades Union in Essex has written to the chairman of the Essex Fire Authority Councillor Anthony Hedley asking for the authority to intervene in the interest of public and firefighter safety.

The letter, from the chair of the FBU in Essex Riccardo la Torre, asks that the fire authority clearly outline and communicate the measures that they intend to take to resolve the situation before any potentially catastrophic consequences take place.

Read the letter here.

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Police: Breaking The Law

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

“You think I’m talking about breaking the law?!”

“No, I’m just trying to figure out how far you want it bent!”

“As far as you can, without breaking it!” — do you remember the film?!

For as long as I’ve been in the police, officers have been trying to miminise the impact of the time it takes to handle mental health related calls by bending some of the rules – legal, procedural.  Over the years, following various challenges in the civil courts, it has emerged that they were actually breaking them – and now the new Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act is reinforcing things.

We have a legal framework in this country and we need to follow it!

It’s something that shouldn’t need saying, right?!  Unless you’ve seen it, I doubt you’d realise how difficult it is in many cases to give practical effect to the implications of our legal system because of how we configure our health and social care services to deal with crisis care.   Last autumn the Royal College of Emergency Medicine published a survey on...

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Fire: A site survey takes place on April1+April 2 in Saughall Massie as part of the consultation on fire cover proposals in West Wirral.

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Surveyors are to carry out a topographical survey on land in Saughall Massie Road as part of work for a consultation on fire cover in West Wirral.

Military: We should ignore the bluster and sabre-rattling, argues the Iraq war hero

Written by RSS Poster Tony McNally

What struck me about the Falkland Islanders on the several occasions when I served there during my army career was their warmth and their disarming generosity.
That is not to say relations are always completely rosy between the islanders and the garrison that more than matches their numbers. The local joke goes “How do you make 4,000 people happy in the Falklands? Send 2,000 home”. The simple truth is that Falkland Isanders just want to be left alone.
But that is not likely to happen. Their jealous neighbour covets their tiny farms whilst using the islands as a convenient distraction from Argentina’s many domestic woes. With the news that the Russians are contemplating leasing 12 long range bombers to Argentina, it would appear that the military threat to the Falklands is still very real. So what could and should the UK be doing to reassure the islanders and deter the aggressor?Read more   HERE 

(RG)It would be foolish to ignore completely the rhetoric coming from...

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Police: PENETRATION – Fact, Fiction or Theory.

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

Now that I’ve got your attention I have to confess that word should have been INFILTRATION.

I’m not very experienced at a Fiction writing, hardly any at all compared to some others in much higher office and their Expenses Claims.  The utter drivel I am about to reveal to the world might be fact, it might be fiction or maybe just a plausible theory. I’ll leave you, my reader, to decide which it is.

I retired from the Met in 2002 so, quite rightly, I’m completely out of touch with the current goings-on and shenanigans, but before I left there was at least one successful infiltration (I say successful because it was more than a mere attempt) by a criminal enterprise. A member of said enterprise, who had no convictions, had applied, been accepted, undergone training, and been posted to a Police Station in uniform.  That person was nothing less than a ‘Sleeper’ waiting to be activated and presumably pass on information to his/her associates outside of the Force.

That is shocking.

Fortunately, it was...

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Military: MILBABE

Written by RSS Poster Tony McNally

Fire: April edition of Firefighter now online

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

The April edition of the FBU members magazine Firefighter is now online featuring articles on the forthcoming general election and the recent march on parliament by firefighters. We also hear from the control staff taking action to defend their profession in Essex as well as Stevie McCrorie currently appearing in the BBC’s The Voice.


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Fire: Partner press release: Regional news from Vera Baird Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A multi-agency safety centre has received a cash boost thanks to a successful bid from the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC. Mrs Baird has secured over £342,000 from the Police Innovation Fund for SafetyWorks! to continue its innovative work. The centre lets visitors, mainly from local schools across the area, safely take part in realistic situations to demonstrate everyday hazards and how to avoid them, as well as pointing out the potential harm of risk taking behaviour. It has full size 'movie set' style areas which include: a Metro station and train; Sainsbury's store; hospital A&E; street scene with a dark alley; court room setting and a flat which can be used for many scenarios from kitchen safety to independent living. SafetyWorks! will continue to deliver its current activities but can now give more schools the opportunity to visit, increase its capacity, broaden its remit and specifically respond to current...

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Police: Three teenagers convicted of murder and GBH

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

mdr48-14Daud mdr48-14Ennis mdr48-14Koshin Three teenagers who fatally stabbed a young man in an unprovoked attack in Harlesden have been convicted of his murder.

T-Shai Ennis, 19 (30.06.95) of Chadwick Road, Langley, Idris Daud, 19 (26.03.95), of Anton Place, Wembley and Ayman Koshin, 18 (08.01.97), of Summers Close, Wembley, were found guilty at the Old Bailey today, Monday 30 March, of the murder of David Headlam, 18 (12.01.95) on 29 June, 2014 following a trial.

They were also convicted of grievous bodily harm with intent following an attack of a 19-year-old man who was with David when they were targeted by the trio.

David and his friend were jumped by the three in the High Street into Park Parade, NW10, just before 01.00hrs on 29 June, 2014.

The pair were approached from behind and an assault was launched against them.

Both victims ran away but two of the attackers pursued David into...

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