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Fire: FBU fights back as Fire Minister launches attack on conditions of service

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Video update: Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack to all firefighters as the Union slams a government led “review” into firefighters conditions of service

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Fire: Tyne and Wear Fire Officers ask people to stay safe whilst doing the Ice Bucket Challenge

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Group Manager Sean McKee, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said: “Jumping into open water can lead to serious injuries or even death. What may seem like a bit of fun could have serious consequences. “Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service undertake rescues from the river Tyne and river Wear and from lakes every single week and we deal with the devastating consequences too often. “Jumping into open water is not only a risk to yourself and your friends, it is a huge risk to emergency services who may need to carry out the rescue. It is a dangerous and foolish thing to do as tidal conditions and currents can change rapidly. There are dangerous hazards beneath the water and you can easily become trapped. The rapid change in temperature will also have an impact on the way your body reacts causing you to become tired and distressed more easily. “The Fire and Rescue Service fully supports this fundraising challenge. We do not want to spoil the fun, but it is very important to be aware of the extreme dangers of jumping into lakes and rivers.”


Fire: Union calls for urgent meeting with fire minister

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Union officials met with Westminster fire minister Penny Mordaunt last week and have sought further urgent meetings as the minister stated she was taking “soundings” on pension issues from colleagues.

The minister also stated in an open letter, dated 22 August, to all firefighters that she is considering a number of issues and undertaking work which should be complete by the week commencing 8 September.

In a circular to all members Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, wrote: “In neither case is she clear or explicit about what work is being undertaken, which colleagues are being sounded out, or about what.

“Clearly that position would be unsatisfactory if it were to continue.

“The Executive Council has agreed to seek a further urgent meeting with the minister with a view to clarifying what work she has commissioned, what issues she is considering and discussing with colleagues.

“In those discussion we shall seek a report on the actual progress she has made in these issues.”

Read the full members circular here.

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Fire: Crew Wishes Woman Happy 100th Birthday

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
A woman whose late husband was a Liverpool firefighter received an extra special surprise for her 100th birthday when a fire crew turned up to her party.


Fire: Campaign to reduce outdoor fires hailed a success

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A campaign to reduce the number of fires being started deliberately during the spring months has been hailed a success. Compared to the same period last year, in March – May, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service saw a 34% drop in the number of fires started deliberately. Group Manager Keith Carruthers, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “I am delighted that the campaign has worked and we've seen a significant reduction in anti-social behaviour fires. This is down to the hard work of our staff and our partners, such as the local authorities and the police, as well as the public in tackling the issue. “The busiest time of year for anti-social behaviour fires isn't around bonfire night but is in April*. Once the clocks change and we have lighter nights we see a real increase in these types of fires. The increase also coincides with the Easter School holidays.” Most anti-social behaviour fires occur on grassland, woodland, waste land, in fields, parks and playgrounds. They...

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Fire: Fire cadets take away qualification after completing course

Written by RSS Poster News

FIRE cadets from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) are celebrating passing a youth programme run by the Service that means they now each have a recognised qualification along with many life skills.

Nine teenagers gathered on the evening of Tuesday, August 19, when they were presented with certificates after successfully completing the two-year course at Manchester Central and Wythenshawe fire stations.

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GMFRS' Assistant County Fire Officer Peter O'Reilly handed the young people their well-deserved certificates at the celebration event at the Training and Development Centre in Manchester, where they were joined by family, friends and staff from GMFRS.

Firefighter Lewis Jeffery, who is also a Cadet Instructor, said: "The cadets from Manchester Central and Wythenshawe are the first group to pass the scheme with 15 finishing it in total.

"The cadets were proud to receive their certificates for passing the course by ACFO Peter O'Reilly, and as a tribute to...

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Fire: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service gets top marks from the public

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A survey of people who have had a fire in their home or businesses over the last year has revealed that they are overwhelmingly happy with the response provided by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. The 'After the Incident Survey' was completed by 101 households and 48 businesses across Tyne and Wear who had a house fire between April 2013 and March 2014. The findings of the household survey showed that: • 100% of respondents were fairly or very satisfied with the overall service they received. • 100% were fairly or very satisfied with their initial contact over the phone. • 100% were fairly or very satisfied with the firefighters who attended the scene of the incident. In response to questions about their initial contact with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service's Control Room, 100% of respondents said the operators were polite, helpful, efficient and reassuring. In terms of the fire incident itself, 100% of those who replied to the survey said...

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Fire: Matt Wrack writes to fire minister ahead of meeting

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, has written to Westminster fire minister Penny Mordaunt ahead of a scheduled meeting between the union and the minister on Friday 22 August.

In the letter Matt Wrack has laid out the expectations of the meeting reaffirming the union’s longstanding position to find a fair resolution to the pension’s dispute with the Department of Communities and Local Government.

The areas of concern the union wishes to raise in the meeting include:

  • Extra protection for firefighters who have signed up, and paid into, an agreed pension scheme only to see the terms of that scheme change.
  • The increasing costs of the pension scheme that is becoming more unaffordable for members.
  •  The establishment of a fitness and capability working group that will not address the very real issue of firefighters being dismissed for naturally declining fitness, due to age.
  • The issue of DCLG officials writing to chief fire officers seeking their view on the position of former armed services personal...

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Fire: Road Rescue Demonstration In Hunts Cross

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Firefighters will host a road safety demonstration at Asda in Hunts Cross on Friday, August 22.


Fire: KING GEORGE VI

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL
King George VI visits Lambeth Fire Station during World War II. Major Frank Jackson, chief of London Fire Brigade, in helmet and uniform.



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