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Fire: Remembering firefighter Richard Jenkins

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Firefighters will today remember their comrade Richard Jenkins who died 11 years ago whilst tackling a fire in Cardiff.

Richard Jenkins was the first firefighter to enter a building on fire at Newgale Place Ely, Cardiff in the early hours of Sunday 23 May 2004. He was caught in an explosion when a gas canister caught fire.

Cerith Griffiths, secretary of the FBU in Wales, said: “Firefighters will be thinking of Richard today remembering the tragedy that claimed his life. Our thoughts will be with his family, friends and colleagues on what must be a difficult day for them.

“His willingness to risk his own life to protect the public deserves to be remembered and honoured all these years later.”

The fire was started deliberately and two men were charged with manslaughter, each sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Two other firefighters were injured at the incident.


Grant Mayos, the Welsh representative on the FBU executive council, called on the lessons learnt from fatal incidents be applied to safeguard the...

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Fire: Keeping NHS buildings safe from fire

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Fire officers from Tyne and Wear have reinforced a national agreement to provide advice to a national NHS body on how to keep their organisation and services safe from fire. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has renewed the agreement under a scheme known as the Primary Authority scheme. It involves providing fire safety advice to NHS Property Services Ltd (NHSPS). NHSPS manages, maintains and improves more than 4,000 properties, working in partnership with the NHS and other health organisations to create safe, efficient, sustainable and modern healthcare and working environments. As part of the agreement Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service provides advice and assurance on how to comply with fire safety legislation, whilst also assisting local fire and rescue services when carrying out fire audits at NHSPS premises. Primary Authority Officer Ian Bell, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, has helped to develop the partnership. He said: “I am delighted that we have worked with NHSPS on a number...

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Fire: FBU on the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service funding gap

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Reacting to the publication of an Audit Scotland report that revealed a funding gap of £43M in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “When the single fire service in Scotland was set up, it was claimed by the Scottish Government that it was about protecting frontline firefighter jobs.

“Instead we have seen a cut of over 400 frontline firefighters and emergency 999 control staff in its first two years. These are austerity cuts to the fire and rescue service and there is no getting round that fact.

“With staff costs accounting for nearly 80 per cent of the budget it is likely that bosses will look to cut even more firefighters to fill the funding gap. This will seriously compromise public safety and put lives at risk.

“The cuts have already had a damaging impact on the service. Five 999 emergency control rooms are due to close later this year undermining the ability to provide Scottish firefighters with the fast, accurate information that comes...

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Fire: Equipment donated by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service saves lives in Nepal earthquake disaster

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A fire engine and other equipment donated by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has been used to save the lives of people caught up in the recent earthquake disaster in Nepal. In 2012, the Service gave a range of old equipment, fire kit and a fire engine, which was no longer required by the Service, to the impoverished fire service in Kathmandu City, Nepal. Tyne and Wear staff also travelled thousands of miles to train 52 of their Nepalese counterparts in how to use the equipment. The kit, which included breathing apparatus sets and compressors, hydraulic rescue equipment, portable pumps and a range of other items, was vital in saving at least nine people in the city at the weekend . Assistant Chief Fire Officer Chris Lowther, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "We have all seen the awful devastation suffered by the people of Nepal over the last few days, and our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to them and the many...

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Fire: Water Safety During Three Queens Event

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is urging people to take care along the coastline during the Three Queens event.

Fire: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service launches new-style appliances

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has launched two new-style appliances that will target smaller, low risk incidents, such as rubbish fires, across the area. Although these types of incident generally present a lower risk to the public and firefighters, they currently account for over 70%* of total incidents attended by conventional fire engines, and also peak in the evenings. The two new Targeted Response Vehicles (TRVs) will attend lower risk incidents between the hours of 6pm and midnight. It is expected that, together with a further two of the appliances (which will introduced at a later date), they will be able to deal effectively with up to 70% of the low risk incidents, with traditional fire appliances attending the more serious and life-threatening incidents. Following a successful trial in April the TRVs went live on Wednesday 20 May. Each appliance is staffed by two firefighters, consisting of a Crew Manager and a trained driver. They will be based at...

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Fire: Bank Holiday Danger Ahead!

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

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Saturday has been named and shamed, be alert at 6.30 p.m especially, as this is the most dangerous time to be at home. Four accidents take place every second and with the Bank Holiday upon us we’re more likely to be spending time with family and friends at home. One in ten people have experienced fire in the home or suffered physical injury or property damage. Our risky weekend behaviour is leading to accidents ranging from serious electric shock, late night cooking incidents, forgetting to unplug those chargers risking electrical damage to gas leaks and serious home fires.

We have warned you, please enjoy your Bank Holiday but don’t relax so much we get to meet you in person! 



Fire: Pass out parade for new Norfolk firefighter recruits

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service


A group of new Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service recruits are a step closer to becoming firefighters when they take part in their Pass Out Parade later this week (Friday 22 May).

For the first time in nine years the county’s Fire and Rescue Service is recruiting wholetime (permanent, full time) firefighters, and after 10 weeks of training, the seven recruits will be officially recognised at the event at the Service’s Bowthorpe Training Centre.

They join Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service after another seven new wholetime recruits, drawn from the Service’s Retained Duty System staff and also from external Fire and Rescue Services, joined stations around the county in April.

The seven firefighters taking part in Friday’s Pass Out Parade have recently completed the initial comprehensive course covering all aspects of firefighter training including: use of fire engines; wearing breathing apparatus; how to respond to incidents in water, involving rail, aircraft, hazardous material, and...

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Fire: New Westminster fire minister confirmed as Mark Francois

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union


A new Westminster fire minister has been officially appointed with responsibility over the fire and rescue service.

Mark Francois takes over the role from Penny Mordaunt who was moved to the Ministry of Defence after less than a year in the post.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “Firefighters everywhere will hope that with a new fire minister in place we can start a genuine and open dialogue about how we protect our essential service for the future. Over the past five years we have seen the worst cuts to our service ever with 7,000 firefighter jobs lost, the closure of over forty fire stations and dozens of fire engines axed. This simply cannot continue.

“We will also be looking to discuss the pension arrangements for firefighters. We were left at the end of the last Parliament with a confusing situation regarding firefighters who suffer a decline in fitness with the government saying one thing and employers saying something different. Firefighters are entitled to know the...

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Fire: Fire and housing partnership will improve lives of people in oldham

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FIREFIGHTERS in Oldham have teamed up with a social housing partnership to improve the lives of local people.


Group Manager for Oldham, Bury and Rochdale Ian Bailey signs the contract with the Chair of the OHIP David Smith and other members of the partnership  

A partnership agreement between Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and Oldham Housing Investment Partnership (OHIP) will see the organisations working together to identify and protect people most at risk.

OHIP is thesocial housing partnership for Oldham that covers approximately 21,000 households – that’s around 30 per cent of all housing in Oldham.

As part of the partnership, GMFRS will train OHIP staff to recognise when people are at risk of fire and other dangers.

The training will also include firefighters delivering life-saving Heartstart training – emergency life support skills including assessing someone who is unconscious, performing CPR, dealing with choking, and helping someone that may be having...

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