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Fire: Response to fire minister’s open letter to firefighters

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

The FBU has responded to an open letter from Westminster fire minister Penny Mordaunt to all firefighters.

The letter, issued the day before firefighters took 24 hours of strike action, contained a number of inaccurate and misleading claims that Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, has corrected.

You can read the response here.

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Fire: Essex firefighters and 999 control staff set to strike again

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Firefighters and 999 control staff in Essex are set to strike for a second time over a radically changed shift system, working conditions and cuts.

The strike, beginning 18:00 on 1 March until 9:00 on 2 March, comes a month after firefighters and control staff in Essex last took strike action as part of the local dispute.

An increasing number of members have felt the effects of the imposed, unworkable shift system with even more being forced out of full time employment and having to reduce their hours to be able to care for children and families.

All of this despite the fact that FBU negotiators found compromise solutions that would achieve the savings the local fire service wants to make, whilst at the same time providing more efficient workloads.

Alan Chinn-Shaw, secretary of the FBU in Essex, said: “This situation isn’t going away, it’s only getting worse. We have seen members of our emergency control staff forced out of full time employment and even more are having to seriously...

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Fire: Firefighters congratulated after strong 24 hour strike and rally in Westminster

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Firefighters have been congratulated after taking 24 hours of strike action and for rallying in their thousands at Westminster.

4000 firefighters marched on the Houses of Parliament and 10 Downing Street demanding to speak to the prime minister about MPs being lied too over a false ‘guarantee’ on pensions given by fire minister Penny Mordaunt. The firefighters’ protest brought Westminster to a standstill for nearly two hours, as they gathered at the entrances to Parliament and at Downing Street.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “As this latest strike finishes, firefighters can be hugely proud of themselves. They are standing up for their rights and for pension justice. They are challenging a government which has lied to Parliament and to its own MPs to force through ill-thought-out pension changes. Firefighters are challenging the theft of their pension rights.

“We are not giving up or going away. David Cameron refused to meet us yesterday about the...

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Fire: 'WON'T TRY THIS AGAIN'

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL

London firemen release boy from fence, circa 1950s or 1960s


Fire: Firefighters shut down Westminster! Video and images from yesterday’s rally

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

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Fire: Young apprentices have a bright future after securing jobs

Written by RSS Poster News

GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has welcomed on board a group of young people who’ve secured jobs with the Service after completing an apprenticeship programme. 

The news comes as figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal that in the last three months of 2014 (October to December) nearly one million young people in the UK were not in education, employment or training. 

During their 12-month apprenticeship, the youngsters got involved in a range of activities to help make the community safer as well as secure valuable skills and experience – and now seven of them have got full-time jobs at GMFRS. 

GMFRS introduced its apprenticeship scheme as a pilot in October 2012 and, due to its success, a second programme started in November 2013 with Manchester College. 

Those to secure jobs after successfully finishing the 2013 apprenticeship programme are: Michael Dunn, Mathew Alsop, Sophie Williams and Anthony Maunder who are Community Safety Advisors, and Laura Broughton,...

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Fire: Fire Authority Raises Council Tax Precept Following More Government Cuts

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority confirmed on Thursday, February 26, 2015, an increase in its council tax precept by just below 2% for 2015-16, following the largest Government grant cuts in the country - 35% since 2010.


Fire: Allerton Fire Station Closure Confirmed By Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority has confirmed the closure of Allerton Fire Station at its meeting on Thursday, February 26, 2015, following a three-month consultation process.


Fire: Partner release (YHN): Dampening the risk of fire in Newcastle homes

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Your Homes Newcastle (YHN) is working with the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service to fit sprinkler systems into homes across the city. Having successfully fitted an innovative new sprinkler system into one of its new build developments in Walker on behalf of Leazes Homes, the social landlord is now set to expand the project to existing properties. A £175,000 scheme is currently underway retrofitting sprinkler systems into 54 bungalows in Westerhope, and YHN intends to fit the systems into its 75 bed new build development in central Walker which is due to start on site in the coming months. The sprinklers are connected to a purpose provided tank and are heat activated. As the heat from the fire rises and reaches the sprinkler's sensor, it activates the sprinkler which sprays a mist of water directly onto the source of heat. As the sprinklers have individual heat sensors, it means water is only released in the area where the fire is. Because the sprinklers operate...

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Fire: Fire minister ducks debate as firefighters in England strike for 24 hours

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Westminster fire minister Penny Mordaunt has ducked the chance to debate with FBU general secretary Matt Wrack about the strike action being taken by firefighters in England today.

The invitation to appear on BBC Radio Solent, the MP’s local BBC radio station, was given several days ago and refused when the union confirmed they would participate.

This follows three separate written requests the union made to the minister to meet in order to discuss the pensions dispute which have been met with refusal.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “Firefighters will find it disgraceful that the minister is ducking the chance to have an honest conversation about these unworkable pension proposals.

“We have been labelled ‘militant’ by the government however they are the ones refusing to talk to us and ignoring the concerns of firefighters.”

Firefighters in England are on strike for 24 hours from 7am today over controversial pension proposals. In a parliamentary debate last...

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