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Fire: Reassurance Campaign In St Helens

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Firefighters and fire prevention staff will be visiting homes in St Helens today as part of a reassurance campaign.

Fire: Matt Wrack speaks at Standing Together Against Austerity

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

At this years annual Labour party conference Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, spoke at the Sussex branch of the Labour Representation Committee’s (LRC) fringe event Standing Together Against Austerity. In his speech Matt Wrack welcomes the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader but points out that this is the start, not end, of the campaign to bring about an anti-austerity government.

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Fire: Firefighters Train At Seaforth Tower Block

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service has carried out special training at Churchill House tower block in Seaforth prior to the building's demolition.

Fire: Fire emergency response times in Milton Keynes to ‘double’, firefighters warn

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Attendance times to fires and other emergencies could double in Milton Keynes as plans are revealed to merge two fire stations.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) have warned that public safety could be put in jeopardy if Buckingham and Milton Keynes Fire Authority’s plans to relocate frontline firefighting services from Great Holm fire station and Bletchley fire station to a new site at West Ashland are approved.

James Wolfenden, secretary of the FBU in Southern England, said: “In life saving emergencies every second counts. If implemented, the public living in northern and western areas of Milton Keynes will have to wait an extra 5 – 10 minutes for fire crews to arrive at an emergency.

“To date the fire authority has only produced a vague and insufficient consultation document that is not fit for purpose. They have produced no risk or impact assessments, incident data or risk profiling. And no statistical analysis has been published for members of the...

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Fire: Generous firefighters win national charity award

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Firefighters' efforts to raise cash in memory of a friend and colleague who died from cancer have been recognised by a national charity. Firefighters from both Tyne and Wear and Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Services set up the gruelling StrongArm Challenge in memory of former Tyne and Wear firefighter Peter Metcalfe, who died in 2012 aged 35. The first StrongArm took place in Scotland in 2013 and last year the original team, along with several new faces, returned for a new challenge in the Lake District. On consecutive days they swam eight miles in Ullswater, completed a mountain triathlon and took part in the Total Warrior 10-mile assault course, carrying a paraplegic team member, before cycling 100 miles home. So far they have raised about £60,000 for the national Firefighters Charity and the Make a Wish Foundation. The Firefighters Charity, which provides support and rehabilitation services, named the StrongArm Challenge as its Team of the Year at the annual 'Spirit of Fire'...

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Fire: Essex firefighters welcome chief’s new ‘open and transparent’ approach

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Essex firefighters have today welcomed Essex County Fire and Rescue’s (ECFRS) public commitment to an open and transparent examination of statistics compiled by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) on the numbers of fire deaths, home fires and casualties in Essex that buck the national downward trend.

As a first step, the FBU were allowed to present their concerns and statistics to a small group of fire authority councillors and senior managers at Fire HQ. The presentation was well-received and the FBU plan to make the same presentation to the full fire authority meeting on 7th October 2015.

Keith Handscomb, FBU executive council member for East Anglia, said: “We face huge cuts in central government funding and it’s vital the fire authority and the public know the whole truth, warts and all, before making critical decisions about dangerous cuts to our frontline emergency services.”

Serious concerns have been raised about the scant and highly selective...

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Fire: British public value firefighters more than police, scientists and engineers

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New research published today by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) shows that 73% of the British public feel firefighters contribute most to society’s wellbeing, next only to doctors (87%) and hospital workers (81%).

Some three quarters of respondents to an online survey of 1,015 people conducted in August (2015) by YouGov for the FBU showed that the public believe firefighters and teachers contribute to society’s wellbeing at the same level, with the two professions achieving a joint third place. In a list of thirteen professions police came fourth at 67%, with actors scoring 9%, and bankers at the bottom of the league at just 4%.

In terms of who the public hold in the highest esteem among a list of 13 professions, firefighters came third, again only ranking below doctors and hospital workers.  Teachers however scored lower on the esteem rating, with police worse still, achieving just half of the 12% scored for firefighters. Women, people aged 35-44 and those living in...

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Fire: Homes Visited On Older People's Day

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Visits to the homes of people who are 65-years-old and older in Merseyside were carried out in a day of action by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service.

Fire: GMFRS supports ambulance service's #findthedefib campaign

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DURING the month of ‘Shoctober’ Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is backing North West Ambulance Service’s (NWAS) social media campaign to raise awareness of the location of defibrillators (AEDs).

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CFO Peter O'Reilly taking a selfie of himself with the defibrilator at GMFRS' HQ

It is estimated that there are thousands of these life-saving portable machines in the North West which NWAS doesn’t know about so if someone calls 999 in the event of a cardiac arrest, the Trust can’t direct them to the nearest one.

Therefore, people are being asked to take a picture of themselves next to a defib and to tweet it with the hashtag #findthedefib and their location, in the hope it will raise awareness and help save lives.

GMFRS' County Fire Officer Peter O’Reilly is leading by example (see picture above) and has tweeted his selfie. Peter took his selfie next to the defibrillator at GMFRS' headquarters – it is situated to the left of reception after you enter the main part of the...

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Fire: “Dangerous” plans to cut frontline fire services condemned by Gloucestershire firefighters

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Firefighters in Gloucestershire have reacted with anger at the announcement of “dangerous” plans to close Painswick Fire Station and cut frontline services at Cirencester Fire Station.

The plans to cut budgets by £2M over three years were published by Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue in their consultation document Fire and Rescue: Future Service Provision.

Tam McFarlane, Fire Brigades Union rep for the South West, said: “These proposals would compromise the safety of the public and firefighters in Gloucestershire. They are short sighted, dangerous and put budget cuts in front of public safety.

“If the cuts go ahead they would compromise the safety of people not just in Painswick and Cirencester but also in the surrounding areas where fire engines would be required to answer emergency calls. The FBU will be campaigning vigorously against these proposals and will be holding local politicians to account with a clear message – cuts cost...

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