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Fire: Fire Brigades Union sets further dates for industrial action

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
The Fire Brigades Union has announced details of further industrial action in relation to its national dispute over pensions with central Government. Members of the Fire Brigades Union scheduled further dates for industrial action on the following dates and times: Friday 2 May 2014 from 1200 hours until 1700 hours Saturday 3 May 2014 from 1400 hours until Sunday 4 May 2014 at 0200 hours Sunday 4 May 2014 from 1000 hours until 1500 hours. In addition to strike action, the FBU has advised members (excluding Control Room members) to refuse to undertake any voluntary overtime, non-contractual overtime or voluntary additional hours from 4 – 9 May 2014.. Chief Fire Officer Tom Capeling, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “In the case of industrial action, the Fire Authority and I have a legal duty to provide a fire and rescue service as far as is reasonably practicable. As with all fire and rescue services, military support and the green goddesses are no longer an...

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Fire: Firefighters call more strikes after government refuses compromise on pensions attacks

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

11403484704_a1a07a7ef6_oFirefighters in England, Scotland and Wales will take part in further industrial action over pensions, the Fire Brigades Union has announced.

English and Welsh firefighters will strike on:

  • Friday 2 May, between noon and 5pm
  • - Saturday 3 May, between 2pm and 2am
  • - Sunday 4 May, between 10am and 3pm.

There will also be a ban on voluntary overtime across England and Wales from 3pm on Sunday 4 May until noon on Friday 9 May.

In Scotland there will be a ban on voluntary overtime between noon on Friday 2 May and noon on Friday 9 May.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “After three years of negotiations and an intense four months presenting an indisputable, evidence-based case for the need to ensure a pension scheme that takes into account the unique occupation of firefighting, the government is still burying its head in the sand.

“Several members of government were only too keen to praise firefighters during the winter floods, but their words amount to...

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Fire: Exercise Involving @MerseyFire Vehicles Taking Place Today, April 24 At Site In Fleming Road, Speke

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
A routine multi-agency training exercise involving Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MF&RS) vehicles is taking place today, April 24.

Fire: FBU to hold elections for new vice-president

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Conference roomThe Fire Brigades Union is holding elections for a new vice-president.

The position is responsible for presiding over union meetings, including those of the executive council when the president — currently Alan McLean — is absent, as well as any other duties assigned by the exec.

According to the union’s rule book, the position is open to any existing exec member who has served in position for at least two years and who has been an FBU member for at least five years continuously.

Former vice-presidents can be nominated, although the current holder, Jim Barbour, who represents N Ireland on the exec, is not re-standing.

The position is elected for a four-year term. Once elected, vice-presidents continue with their responsibilities as an exec member and must re-stand to represent their region when their term is over, even if their vice-presidential term is not complete.

Candidates can be nominated by any branch across the UK, and will then be chosen by a ballot of all FBU members.

Nomination forms...

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Fire: Nearly 1,000 school children to benefit when Crucial Crew returns to King's Lynn

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Crucial Crew LogoAlmost 1,000 local school children from 40 different schools will benefit from learning vital safety tips when Crucial Crew returns to King’s Lynn next week.

Between Monday 28 April and Friday 2 May, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service will be co-ordinating the multi-agency safety education event at King’s Lynn Fire Station.

The week-long event, the 10th Crucial Crew to be held in the King’s Lynn and West Norfolk area, will use ten-minute interactive sessions to teach vital safety tips to 964 school pupils.

The event, which is the 42nd since the service started, will feature theatre-style, interactive scenarios mocking up hazards in a safe environment which children might be exposed in everyday life.

Year 6 pupils (10/11 year olds) are 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.

Dan Roper,...

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Fire: Appeal for ‘on call’ firefighters

Written by RSS Poster Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service - News

An appeal has gone out for more “on call” firefighters across Shropshire including the Minsterley and Bishops Castle areas.

“Giving something back to the community” is what inspires most firefighters, said Bishops Castle Watch Manager Tracey Magill, an on call firefighter with 30 years’ experience, who is a self-employed oak floor fitter.Read more

Fire: Write to your MP over the fire minister’s inaccurate claims on pensions

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

OFBU_logo_coln Monday 7 April, Westminster fire minister, Brandon Lewis, told the House of Commons that the Fire Brigades Union had not sought to obtain protection from changes to firefighters’ pensions scheme for members.

This answer was inaccurate and presents a complete misrepresentation of discussions the FBU have had with DCLG and with the minister and his team over many months.

As a result, the FBU is asking all members and our supporters to write to their MP to highlight the minister’s inaccuracies.

To contact yours, use our campaign tool by clicking here.

Fire: Plans submitted for interactive community centre and firefighter training site in Bury

Written by RSS Poster News

GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has submitted plans for a state-of-the-art training centre and community hub in Bury.

The centre in Wellington Street will breathe new life into a 10-acre area of land that has been empty for some time.

GMFRS has been working with Kier Northern and Paragon to design the centre and, if approved, it is hoped the new site will be open in 2015.

Chief Fire Officer Steve McGuirk said: "We're investing in the area now to make long-term savings and we're confident that this investment will not only provide the very best in realistic, scenario-based training and development for our staff but also a fantastic community facility that local people can use to learn more about the dangers of fire and other incidents we attend.


"Having reduced fires by more than 40 per cent in the past eight years, it's more important than ever for GMFRS to provide the very best facilities for firefighters to train for incidents to...

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Fire: Reducing anti-social behaviour fires in Farringdon

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Officers from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and Northumbria Police are working together to reduce anti-social behaviour fires in Farringdon. This follows a spate of fires in the fields at the rear of Farringdon School which is bordered by Silksworth lane and Gilley Law flats. As a result police are increasing patrols in the area, and a 3G camera is being installed on the 'Stephenson trail' to monitor the area. Fire and police officers have also visited Farringdon School and talked to every year group, showing a film produced by the fire and rescue service and discussing the consequences of setting fires deliberately Station Manager Jeff Wilkinson, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Anti-social behaviour fires account for three quarters of all fires we attend and we actually go to more in April than we do in November, which includes Bonfire Night. Not only do these fires cause damage to property, the environment and tie up firefighters unnecessarily, they can...

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Fire: Arson in Woodside, Telford

Written by RSS Poster Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service - News

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service attended a report of a fire in a porch at 3.32pm Tuesday 15th April in Wildwood, Woodside, Telford.

Two appliances from Telford and an appliance from Tweedale, together with a Fire Investigations Officer attended the fire which was started deliberately.

Anyone with any information is asked to ring West Mercia Police on 101 or the independent charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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