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Fire: All members circular [646MW] Pensions: Still fighting on all fronts

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

In this all members circular Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, updates members on the continuing pensions campaign including the political lobbying and legal action currently underway.

To view circular please click on Related Resources.

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Fire: Keeping vulnerable people in Sunderland safe

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service have joined forces with Sunderland Care and Support's Telecare service and Age UK to help make vulnerable people safer in Sunderland. Telecare provides a communication service and equipment loan to vulnerable residents to help ensure their safety and well-being and ensure a swift response is achieved should an emergency arise. The package comprises of:- • A personal pendant device to enable customers to raise an alarm at the press of a button. This is linked to the Customer Service Centre in Sunderland. • A 24 hour monitored smoke alarm that is linked to the Customer Service Centre for immediate support. • A bogus caller alarm that is installed at the front door which can be easily activated should the person feel uncomfortable or threatened by a cold caller. • A 24 hour monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector that is also linked the Customer Service Centre. Through the Sunderland Homesafe initiative, anyone who is referred to this scheme will receive...

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Fire: Fire stations are drop off points for Key 103’s Mission Christmas

Written by RSS Poster News

GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is assisting Key 103 with Mission Christmas helping to provide children living in poverty with at least one present to open. 

Like last year all of GMFRS’ fire stations will act as collection points for members of the public to drop off their presents. 

Presents delivered to stations must be new and unwrapped and dropped off before midnight on Wednesday, December 10. 

Further information about Mission Christmas, including other drop off points in Greater Manchester, can be found on Key 103’s website - http://www.key103.co.uk/charity/missionchristmas/



Fire: All members circular [0645MW]: Early day motion 454 – what it means and why it is important

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

FBU members will be aware of the union’s campaign to support Early Day Motion 454 in the House of Commons in order to oppose the introduction of the new pension regulations for the proposed 2015 pension scheme for England. This circular explains the background to this and what the union is seeking through this campaign.

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Fire: Fire Authority agrees two further service reviews

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
At its meeting on 17 November 2014, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority gave the go-ahead for two further service reviews to be carried out; this was following a period of consultation with staff and partners. These are part of an ongoing programme of work to ensure the Fire Authority continues to keep the community safe while managing with reduced resources. The new reviews are to: • Carry out an organisational review (excluding frontline operational activities), and • Explore further joint working with other emergency services and key partners. Chairman of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority Cllr Tom Wright said: “The Service continues to face challenges due to the reduction in funding from Central Government. However we will continue to carry out any changes in a planned way and by balancing the risk to the community with the resources available.” Following the meeting Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service will begin planning the reviews, including deciding the...

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Fire: Fire Authority approves continuation of prevention activities

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority have decided that a range of activities which help to reduce anti-social behaviour (asb) and asb fires will continue to be provided. The decision was made at the Fire Authority's meeting on 17 November. Last year the Fire Authority carried out a review of these activities and consulted key partners on the findings; discussions also took place about the future funding of three of the activities which support the work of many partners as well as the fire and rescue service- the Phoenix programme, the Princes Trust programme and Safetyworks! interactive safety centre. The Phoenix programme is commissioned by Youth Offending Teams to work with young offenders or those at risk of offending to prevent offending/reduce re-offending. Activities focus on self-awareness, social responsibility and self-discipline through fire related and non-fire related activities. The Princes Trust programme is a 12-week course with fire...

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Fire: Welfare cuts will increase fire risk for poorer families

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Firefighters have warned the government that cutting provisions that help low income families replace old and unsafe electrical goods could increase the risk of fire and fatalities.

The government is currently consulting on a cut to funding for the local welfare provision (the successor scheme to the social fund) which supports low income families with unexpected or one-off expenses.

Amongst other things, local welfare provision helps families to replace electrical items such as cookers, fridges and microwaves as a way to reduce the risk of fires. The government’s own figures show that the majority of accidental dwelling fires are caused by faulty electrical and gas appliances.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “The Fire Brigades Union is joining other trade unionists and campaigners protesting against more government attacks on vulnerable people with unacceptable welfare cuts.

“Cutting local welfare provision funds for benefit claimants to replace dangerous equipment puts lives...

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Fire: Firemaster SW use Plumis Automist for compliance with fire safety regs

Written by RSS Poster PlumisAutomist
When Mark Evans of FireMaster SW was asked to provide a risk assessment for a tourism business in North Devon, right at the beginning of the holiday season, heidentified the problem of a compromised first floor escape route from an inner bedroom. And following consideration of the issue he recommended Automist from Plumis, an alternative innovative residential fire suppression solution, which uses a high pressure pump to generate a fine water suppression mist from nozzles. Automist overcame the problem of a compromised first floor escape route from an inner bedroom which had been jeopardised by the erection of a glass porch on the ground floor. Gemma McQuillam, the manager of the North Devon Surf School was keen to comply with all of the fire safety regulations placed upon her for the holiday let (i.e. Fire Safety Order, Housing Act and Building Regulations). However, she wanted a solution which would avoid the need for the removal of the porch and which could be installed in a day...

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Fire: Lobby your MP on firefighters’ pensions

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Please see a template letter here, add your own reason for supporting firefighters and send it to your MP via: https://www.writetothem.com/ or www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/ 

Pay more

Before 2010, firefighters already contributed one of the highest proportions of their salary towards their pensions (11%), and in April this year it increased for the third year running.

The government has increased contribution costs for firefighters for the third year running rising to more than £4,000 a year from a salary of around £29,000.

Work longer

Firefighters will be expected to work until they are 60 however the government’s own report by Dr Tony Williams, published in December 2013, recognises that two thirds (66%) will not meet the current fitness standard.

The plans mean that firefighters, whose fitness declines as we get older, face a stark ‘choice’: leave with a significantly reduced pension of up to 50% or face dismissal from the service.

Get less

Firefighters will only receive the...

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Fire: Be Aware Of Carbon Monoxide

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is backing Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week by calling on people to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.



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