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Fire: Merseyside’s New Joint Police And Fire Command And Control Centre Officially Opened

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has opened Merseyside’s new joint Police and Fire Command and Control Centre (JCC) situated at Bridle Road in Bootle.


Fire: “Unfairly treated” South Wales firefighters win grievance appeal

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

A grievance appeal panel has conceded that South Wales Fire and Rescue Service treated firefighters unfairly when they reduced a compensation package to be paid for three years instead of five.

The compensation package was paid as a result of downgrading Cowbridge fire station, where the firefighters worked, from Day Crewing to RDS.

An existing agreement between the Fire Brigades Union and fire service gives firefighters a non-detrimental package for five years in order to cover increased travelling costs and loss of potential earnings.

Jo Byrne, chair of the FBU in South Wales, said: “This is a wonderful victory for FBU members not only at Cowbridge fire station but in the service as a whole.

“All firefighters should be treated fairly by the service and Cowbridge members have now been awarded what is rightfully theirs.”

Cowbridge fire station was the last Day Crewed station to be downgraded as part of South Wales Fire and Rescue Services’ Risk Reduction...

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Fire: Two taken to hospital after candle fire in Hyde

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PRESS RELEASE – TWO TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER CANDLE FIRE IN HYDE

TWO people have been taken to hospital after a candle caused a fire at a flat in Hyde.

A man and woman were taken to hospital suffering from some inhalation – the man also had burns to his hands. A further man suffered smoke inhalation but declined hospital treatment.

Firefighters are using the incident as a warning to others about the dangers of candles and the importance of smoke alarms.

Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Whether using candles for light or decoration, it’s really important that you ensure the flame is fully out before you go to bed or leave the house.

“Luckily nobody was too seriously injured but two people have been taken to hospital just days before Christmas – and the consequences could have been far worse.

“Make sure candles are standing up straight and are firmly fixed in proper holders so they can't fall over and always place candles on a heat-resistant...

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Fire: Pensions dispute continues following debate

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Following the recent parliamentary debate and vote in the House of Commons over the 2015 Firefighters’ Pension Scheme Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, has reiterated that the trade dispute is not over.

In an all members circular Matt Wrack writes: “Nothing in the debate or vote in the House of Commons alters the lawful status of our trade dispute – including whatever further industrial action is called.

“FBU members can be extremely proud of the work done during this phase of our campaign.

“Our message to those politicians who oppose us is that we have won the arguments, we remain determined and our fight goes on.”

You can read the all members circular in full here.

You can read a transcript of the debate here.

You can view the debate here.

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Fire: Campaigners call protest over Lincolnshire fire cuts

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

What Protest cuts to Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service
Where Lincoln Christ Hospital School, Wragby Road, Lincoln LN2 4PN
When 6:30pm, Thursday 18 December 2014

Lincoln & District Trade Union Congress are protesting £1.3M cuts to Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.

Supported by the Fire Brigades Union in Lincolnshire, a protest will be held Thursday 18 December from 6:30pm at the gate of the Lincoln Christ Hospital School on Wragby Road, prior to the start of a consultation meeting on the proposed cuts.

Lincolnshire Fire Authority is consulting on slashing the number of firefighters and reducing service cover at night, increasing 999 emergency response times.

Dan Taylor, brigade secretary of the FBU in Lincolnshire, said: “These cuts in Lincolnshire are wide spread and impact on every single community in the county.

“Lowering crews on fire engines, lowering officer numbers and increasing response times within the ever growing city of Lincoln is dangerous for the public.

“The people of...

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Fire: Local legend and honorary firefighter Brian celebrates 50th birthday at Bury Fire Station

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A LOCAL legend was given a fiftieth birthday to remember when he spent the day with his favourite firefighters at Bury Community Fire Station.

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Brian Jones, who works at Tesco in Bury, spent the day with White Watch on Wednesday, December 17, 2104, in celebration of the milestone occasion.

He has loved the fire service since his was a boy and has paid regular visits to his local fire station for almost 30 years, building a strong bond with White Watch who have made him an honorary firefighter.

Ten years ago, Brian spent the day with the watch at the old fire station at The Rock to mark his fortieth birthday.

Firefighter John Mitchell said: “Brian comes to the station at least once a week and helps us clean the fire engines and has a brew with us at lunch times – he’s just a great guy.

“When I first joined the job 18 years ago I was detached to Bury and Brian was the first person I saw at the station. He was stood at the gates telling me what position I was riding...

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Fire: Update on pensions debate in Parliament

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

The 2015 Firefighters’ Pension Scheme was debated on the floor of the House of Commons on 15 December.

After the debate a vote took place to annul the regulations for the scheme and force the Westminster government to revise their proposals.

The Government won the vote to keep the regulations 313 to 261.

The FBU’s executive council is currently in session today (16 December) to discuss the next steps in the campaign.

You can watch the debate here from 16:44

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Fire: Consultation Continues Into Draft Proposal To Close Allerton Fire Station

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
A consultation into the draft proposal to close Allerton Fire Station is continuing and runs until January 26.


Fire: The Fire Brigades Union’s response to plans to have UK fire and rescue service run by a private company

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Responding to plans by Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude to have the UK fire and rescue service run and delivered by a private company Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “We are wholeheartedly against our service being delivered by a private company whose main motive will be to turn a profit ahead of keeping the public safe.

“It is disgusting that a government is even considering running a lifesaving emergency service for profit in place of a fully accountable and publicly owned world class service.

“Firefighters in Cleveland have overwhelmingly rejected offers of mutualisation. In a YouGov survey 97% of firefighters said they were fully against the proposals.

“Firefighters know what’s best for their profession and services delivered by profit driven companies is not it.

“Frontline fire and rescue services in the UK have already been hit by devastating cuts and the use of private sector companies will only worsen the...

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Fire: Happy Christmas from all of us, to all of you!

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

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