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Fire: Dismay as government confirm plans for PCC takeover of fire and rescue services

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has reacted with dismay at the inclusion in the chancellor’s published autumn statement of plans for legislation to be brought forward for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to run fire and rescue services.

The FBU has raised concerns throughout the year about such a move on the basis that it will put financial savings ahead of public safety. It will also put an end to the independence that firefighters consider vital in order to carry out their jobs. This includes the ability to engage with local communities and gain access to peoples’ homes. It is widely understood, including among senior police officers, that the roles of the two services are very different, and that the ability of the fire and rescue service to engage with local communities in new ways, over the past decade, has largely been due to public awareness of this difference.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “The power to arrest, which is a core feature of the...

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Fire: Video | Building the fight against austerity – Matt Wrack’s speech

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

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Fire: FBU wins fairer commutation campaign and continues other legal challenges – donate to our campaign fund here

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Members will have followed the FBU fairer commutation campaign with interest.

The FBU has fought long and hard to ensure the retirement lump sum of thousands of firefighter were corrected following mistakes by Government Actuaries Department.

Early this year the Pensions Ombudsman decided to retrospectively apply the uplift for firefighters who retired from 1 December 2001 to 21 August 2006. The decision means that thousands of firefighters and even more police officers will receive the lump sum they were entitled to with additional interest payments.

The union is pursuing several another legal cases relating to firefighter pensions. One of these relates to a related issue around commutation payments, another involves those who joined the service between the ages of 18-20 and several relating to age discrimination. The FBU is also investing a considerable amount of money and resources providing training to local officials ensuring that...

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Fire: Urgent: Hotpoint Indesit & Creda recall tumble dryers due to Fire risk

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Tumble Dryer

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service are advising owners of  Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda Tumble driers purchased between April 2004 and October 2015 to check with the manufacture to assess if it is subject to a product recall.


The manufacturer may  be contacted on  0800 151 0905 or at  It has been widely reported that these  products may present a safety concern. In some rare cases, excess fluff can come into contact with the heating element and present a risk of fire.


Fire: Wednesday Tidal Surge - Environment Agency Statement

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

The Environment Agency has issued a statement about the possibility of tidal surges in the region over the next few days:

Flood Aware


Statement from the Environment Agency

“The Met Office is forecasting that a low pressure system will move south-east into the North Sea during Wednesday and Thursday. As this low pressure system coincides with a period of high spring tides this may lead to spray and large waves coming over promenades. The weather system brings a risk of localised coastal flooding for communities along  parts of the east and south-east coasts of England on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

The Environment Agency continues to monitor the situation closely, working alongside the Met Office and local authorities. Environment Agency teams are out on the ground checking flood defences, assessing weather conditions and monitoring sea levels. We will issue flood warnings to affected communities if required.

We urge people to take care near coastal paths and promenades, and not to...

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Fire: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service launches new-style appliances

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has launched two new-style appliances that will target smaller, low risk incidents, such as rubbish fires, across the area. Although these types of incident generally present a lower risk to the public and firefighters, they currently account for over 70%* of total incidents attended by conventional fire engines, and also peak in the evenings. The two new Targeted Response Vehicles (TRVs) will attend lower risk incidents between the hours of 6pm and midnight. It is expected that, together with a further two of the appliances (which will introduced at a later date), they will be able to deal effectively with up to 70% of the low risk incidents, with traditional fire appliances attending the more serious and life-threatening incidents. Following a successful trial in April the TRVs went live on Wednesday 20 May. Each appliance is staffed by two firefighters, consisting of a Crew Manager and a trained driver. They will be based at...

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Fire: Blog | Defend trade union rights

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

On 2 November I spoke at the TUC rally against the Trade Union Bill at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster. Here is my speech.

TUC lobby
2 November, 2015

Today is the anniversary of the deaths of four firefighters at a fire in Warwickshire in 2007. Four workers; four members of our union.

We investigated that incident – as part of fighting for justice, as part of fighting for compensation – and as part of trying to make the workplace safer.

That investigation was long and complex. It took years. In fact, the final report from the FBU has only just been published, after legal complications.

  • That is work that trade unionists do.
  • That is work that trade union local representatives do.
  • That is work done on trade union facility time – in the public sector.

And I challenge any MP or Cabinet Minister to say that is not vital work on behalf of workers and on behalf of our communities.

This Bill strikes at the heart of our union organisation.

It is about the right to strike, but it is about much more than that. It...

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Fire: Brake Road Safety Week

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MF&RS) has backed the Brake Road Safety Week campaign urging people to drive less.

Fire: More than 100 West Midlands firefighters to demonstrate outside the fire service HQ

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

What: Lobby of the West Midlands Fire Authority

Where: West Midlands Fire Service HQ, Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW.

When: 10am, Monday 23 November 2015

Large numbers of West Midlands firefighters will hold a demonstration outside West Midlands Fire Service headquarters on Monday morning ahead of a possible trade dispute.

The firefighters are protesting against fire service plans to change working patterns, reduce rates of pay and remove existing leave arrangements.  West Midlands Fire Authority are holding a meeting on Monday to discuss the planned changes, the result of cuts to the service.  Firefighters will be joined by fire control operators who face the prospect of redundancy.

Steve Price-Hunt, Brigade Secretary for the FBU West Midlands, said “Enough is enough.  This Labour lead fire authority have the power to stop these attacks on firefighters’ conditions of employment, and they need to act now. We are facing the prospect of no proper shift...

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Fire: Gloucestershire firefighters slam disgraceful decision to remove full-time cover during ongoing consultation

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in Gloucestershire has slammed senior managers in the county’s fire and rescue service for “suspending” full-time fire cover at Cirencester fire station, despite a public consultation into the future of fire cover at this station being inconclusive.

Fire cover in Cirencester is the subject of an ongoing public consultation being run by Gloucestershire County Council, who recently announced plans to cut frontline fire cover in the county.  Full-time firefighters from Cirencester are being removed and Painswick fire station closed down. The council invited the public to comment on the plans through a consultation which began on 1 October and is due to close on 4 January 2016. Local campaigning firefighters say that, 999 response times will increase and public safety will be jeopardised.

Although consultation is incomplete, senior fire service managers announced they were “suspending” the duty system at...

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