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Fire: Staffordshire FBU stand up to slash and burn fire service cuts

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in Staffordshire are fearing for the safety of their communities ahead of a meeting of the fire authority on Monday 13th July, when the fire and rescue service is expected to announce cuts of £5.7m by 2019/2020.

The announcement will follow a lengthy consultation process, but the FBU say their pleas for less draconian options that won’t compromise public safety have fallen on deaf ears.

Rich Williams, chair of the FBU in Staffordshire, said: “Firefighters here are extremely concerned at the prospect of further cuts – they are just one choice given that the current fire and rescue service reserves are above £11m. It’s also a slap in the face for the taxpayer who has suffered a council tax increase this year and in return will get slashed fire cover and reduced resilience.”

The meeting will also hear what the FBU call plans for ‘ridiculous suggested savings’ from local Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis who the FBU claim has...

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Fire: More than a thousand local school children to learn vital safety tips

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Crucial Crew LogoPersonal safety, fire safety, internet safety, and seaside safety are just some of the areas more than a thousand 10 and 11 year olds from 45 South Norfolk schools will be learning bout this week.

Crucial Crew, organised by Norfolk County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service, returns to Easton College between Monday 6 and Friday 10 July.

The multi-agency safety education event is the 49th Crucial Crew to take place in Norfolk since 2003 and the 13th event at Easton College.

Over the course of the five days, 1,089 Year 6 pupils will be placed in situations which simulate potential danger, such as a bedroom fire. The experiences seek, within a controlled environment, to raise awareness and provide practical and memorable advice on what to do.

Kristie Burdett, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Co-ordinator and Community Safety Team Manager said: “We are putting the fun into crucial safety learning, working with the students through use of interactive and engaging scenarios to...

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Fire: We aren’t well prepared for another 7/7, say Fire Brigades Union

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Claims by the London Fire Brigade that firefighters are well prepared for another 7/7 style terror attack in the capital have been challenged by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU).

The radios issued to firefighters for underground use don’t work, according to the FBU’s regional secretary for London, Paul Embery.  He said: “Our members say the radios are erratic and that the signal cuts out intermittently.  They are certainly not of the high quality the London commissioner is claiming they are.”  The lack of underground radios was a key problem for 7/7 firefighters who were unable to communicate with other emergency service workers, delaying the rescue operation.

The London Fire Brigade has 800 fewer firefighters since 7/7, the result of public service cuts, alongside nine fewer fire stations – several of the closed down stations sent crews to deal with the terrorist attacks.  The capital has also lost 13 fire engines.  Boris Johnson is refusing to return another 13...

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Fire: Campaign After Serious Fire In Tuebrook

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Homes in Tuebrook and Old Swan will be visited during a reassurance campaign following a serious house fire.

Fire: Partner Release - Operation Hotspot takes the lead

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Dog owners are being asked to 'paws' for thought during the latest clean-up campaign in North Tyneside. Operation Hotspot - a joint initiative between North Tyneside Council, Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service - is visiting Percy Main over the next two weeks. Running in different parts of North Tyneside throughout the year, Operation Hotspot aims to reduce littering, fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour, and promote home fire safety. And this time around, there will also be a focus on responsible dog ownership as it supports the council's 'No Messing' initiative. Speaking ahead of two-week event, Cllr John Stirling, cabinet member for Environment, said: “By working together with our partners on the initiative, Operation Hotspot always achieves excellent results and I am delighted it's returning next week. “In response to complaints from the public, we'll also be concentrating our efforts on cracking down on irresponsible dog owners. While the majority are...

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Fire: Partner release - Overwhelming response to South Tyneside Triathlon

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Photo caption: Cllrs Alan Kerr and Moira Smith are photographed (back row) with Ed Cooper and one of the youngest competitors Oliver Nicholson (second row on left) along with firefighters and local children promoting the triathlon. Organisers of South Tyneside's triathlon have been overwhelmed by the terrific response to this year's event. Competitors will be completing a swim, cycle and run on Sunday, July 5, and for the first time children are also able to take part in their own triathlon. Eddie Cooper, who is a watch manager with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, has organised the event along with support from South Tyneside Council and other partners. He said: "We have had a tremendous response to the triathlon. I was amazed at how fast the sea swim sold out. However, I have a reserve list so anyone who didn't get through still has a chance and I will be in touch with them. "The area really lends itself well to the triathlon. We have the sea, Haven Point and the...

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Fire: Firefighters’ union launches legal challenge against government over pensions

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) today announced it is mounting a legal challenge to the government over what it says are unfair pension arrangements for its members.

Under new arrangements introduced on 1 April, firefighters are expected to ride fire engines, run with heavy fire hoses and carry people out of burning buildings until they are 60.  If they are incapable due to the natural decline of fitness with age, they have to take a reduced pension.

The legal challenge is tackling what the government is calling pension ‘protection’ arrangements, which they say aim to protect firefighters affected by these new pension plans. The ‘protection’ was put in place to cover older workers. They are not being forced out of the pensions they joined and into the new, worse, pension scheme. The FBU say it is utterly unfair, inadequate and discriminatory not to provide the same protection to younger firefighters.  Approximately 13000 firefighters stand to lose out.


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Fire: All members circular | Pay: National Joint Council settlement 2015

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Dear Brother/Sister

Pay: National Joint Council settlement 2015

In a recent circular (2015HOC0359MW) we set out the offer on pay from the Fire Service Employers and the recommendation made by the Executive Council in relation to this. I can inform you that following discussion and consultation through our branch and committee structure the Executive Council was in a position to agree the proposed increase. I attach the two NJC circulars detailing the increases to pay rates and to CPD payments.

Pay squeeze cannot continue

The new Westminster government has already made clear that it intends to continue to squeeze public sector pay as was done under the coalition government. This has left workers across the public sector, including firefighters, suffering falling living standards alongside the numerous other attacks on conditions of service. This is a matter which needs to be discussed within the FBU and across all trade unions organising public sector workers with a view to...

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Fire: Keeping thousands of vulnerable people safe from fire

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Officers from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service have signed an agreement to provide advice to a national housing provider on how to keep their organisation and services safe from fire. The Primary Authority agreement involves providing fire safety advice to Home Group, which houses over 120,000 people a year, many of whom are classed as vulnerable. The Primary Authority scheme was first introduced by the Government in 2008 to help reduce regulatory burden on businesses. It allows businesses to deal with one regulatory authority, nationally, rather than individual authorities in different locations. 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 Home Group premises. Home Group is a social enterprise and charity with a turnover of over £325m, managing 55,000 homes in over 200 local...

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Fire: East Sussex firefighter seriously ill in hospital after training incident

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

An East Sussex firefighter is very seriously ill in hospital following an incident during a breathing apparatus training session last Thursday, 26 June.

The firefighter was on the fourth day of his initial breathing apparatus training when the incident occurred. He was immediately rushed to hospital, where he remains.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) immediately contacted East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and demanded that the training cease until an investigation had established the circumstances that led to the trainee’s collapse. This request was initially refused but the training has now been halted. The FBU are attempting to work with East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service to ensure that the investigation is thorough.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “Our immediate concern is with our member and his family and we are doing everything possible to provide support at this incredibly difficult time. We are of course hoping very much that he makes a full recovery and...

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