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Fire: Fire strikes escalate: Firefighters in England call four days of strike action to protect pensions and public safety

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Firefighters in England today announced a significant escalation of strike action, with four days of strikes commencing on 31 October until 4 November.

This follows a refusal from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to bring any new offer to the table over pensions, despite two months of talks.

The strike will begin at 18:00 on 31 October until 18:00 on 4 November.

The union states that it has negotiated in good faith and has taken up every opportunity to make its case and to seek changes to the government’s pension plans, which the union says are expensive and unworkable.

Despite promising statements from Penny Mordaunt, the Westminster fire minister, it is now clear the government does not want to resolve this dispute and is spoiling for a fight.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “Firefighters are incandescent following two months of negotiations which have led to no new proposals.

“Firefighters...

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Fire: Illegal firework scars boy for life

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A school boy who is lucky to be alive after a prank with a firework went drastically wrong is backing Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue's bonfire safety campaign. Dylan Cosgrove 15, from Blackfell, Washington was at home with his girlfriend Erin Easton on the evening of Wednesday 8 October when he lit a firework in his right hand. Dylan said: “I had been telling Erin I had bought some fireworks so I got one out of the box to show her. I didn't intend to set it off, I just wanted to light it and put it out for a laugh. I quickly realised the fuse wouldn't go out and I was in a blind panic and didn't know what to do. I even put it to my mouth to put it out. This was crazy when I think about what could have happened if it had exploded in my face, but I was desperate to stop it going off. I was frightened for my girlfriend and I didn't want to start a fire in my bedroom. “As I watched the fuse quickly disappear I ran to the other side of the room to protect my girlfriend from the explosion. I remember...

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Fire: TICK TOCK TEST your smoke alarm before it’s too late

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

TICK TOCK TEST your smoke alarm before it’s too late ...

Tick Tock Test - Bunny ImageWith the clock’s going back later this week, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is urging people in the county to get their smoke alarms tested.

Smoke, the silent killer, is responsible for over half of all deaths in accidental fires in the home in the UK.

Last year over half the 213 fire deaths in the home were caused by smoke inhalation. Working smoke alarms can give people the wake-up call they need to escape – because smoke will not, it will leave you for dead.

In the majority of domestic fires across the country with fatalities, smoke alarms were either absent or did not go off – and a common cause was missing or flat batteries. That is why the Fire Kills campaign, run in partnership with Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, is asking people to make an online pledge to test their smoke alarms when the clocks change (25-26 October). A simple push of the test button and you will test both the power supply and the detection...

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Fire: Executive Council additional statement – 23 October 2014

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

This further statement is issued to update FBU members on other developments in relation to pensions following the earlier statement issued regarding discussions with DCLG.

Alternative proposals for Wales

Firefighter pensions are a devolved matter. This has meant that the FBU negotiators have held discussions with the four governments covering all parts of the UK. Our members in England and Wales have been taking strike action as a result of the refusal of the relevant governments to present any alternative proposals for consideration by members.

Over the past few weeks, alongside our discussions with officials of DCLG, discussions have continued with officials of the other governments. This afternoon the General Secretary received communication from the Welsh government. This confirms that the fire minister in Wales (Minister for Public Services) is now making preparations to consult on an alternative pension scheme design which would take account of a number of technical arguments...

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Fire: DAVE'S STORY

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL
Dave Squires
 
Editor's Note: Weston-super-Mare is a town located on Bistol Channel in North Somerset, England. You editor found the following story on the fire brigade's website. It's an inspiring tale about a local fire buff named Dave Squires.


Dave Squires first appeared outside the ‘Station’ in June 1983 (then aged 29 Years). He would walk up and down, looking at the Fire Station but would suddenly disappear and return another day. The Firemen then had no knowledge that Dave was un-employed and had Learning Difficulties. After several weeks Jack Bell went out and invited Dave in.

Dave appeared to be very nervous and shy but was shown around the Appliance Room before he made an excuse that he had to go home, and he was gone.


Dave, however, continued to visit the Station and the Firemen of White Watch warmed to this visitor.

Dave appeared to have little confidence and it took some persuasion on the part of White Watch to get him to join them for a cup of tea in the Mess Room on the 1st Floor. Whilst in the Mess Room there was ...

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Fire: TICK, TOCK, TEST your smoke alarm before it's too late.

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Test your smoke alarm this clock change weekend. As part of the government's Fire Kills campaign, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging people to test their smoke alarms when the clocks change on 25/26 October. Last year (January - December 2013) crews from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service responded to 730 dwelling fires and found that 137 homes did not have any working smoke alarms. This means that the occupants would not have had the early warning to wake them if the fire had happened during the night when they were asleep. Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they are fitted correctly and work. They really do mean the difference between life and death. In March 2014, nearly one in seven people tested their smoke alarms when they changed their clocks to British Summer Time. This autumn, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is determined that even more people will keep their loved ones safer from fire by testing their smoke alarms. Everyone can join...

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Fire: Fake firework scars boy for life

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A school boy who is lucky to be alive after a prank with a firework went drastically wrong is backing Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue's bonfire safety campaign. Dylan Cosgrove 15, from Blackfell, Washington was at home with his girlfriend Erin Easton on the evening of Wednesday 8 October when he lit a firework in his right hand. Dylan said: “I had been telling Erin I had bought some fireworks so I got one out of the box to show her. I didn't intend to set it off, I just wanted to light it and put it out for a laugh. I quickly realised the fuse wouldn't go out and I was in a blind panic and didn't know what to do. I even put it to my mouth to put it out. This was crazy when I think about what could have happened if it had exploded in my face, but I was desperate to stop it going off. I was frightened for my girlfriend and I didn't want to start a fire in my bedroom. “As I watched the fuse quickly disappear I ran to the other side of the room to protect my girlfriend from the explosion. I remember...

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Fire: Executive Council interim statement – 23 October 2014 DCLG pension discussions

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

This statement is issued to update FBU members on the latest discussions with Penny Mordaunt, DCLG Fire Minister.

It is issued simply so that members are made aware of developments at the earliest opportunity. The Executive Council is still in session and will be discussing our next steps this afternoon. The outcome of these considerations will be issued as soon as possible.

No revised proposals from DCLG – pension theft continues

The FBU has consistently opposed government attacks on firefighter pensions. We have presented large quantities of professional evidence to demonstrate that the government proposals do not take account of the real operational demands of the firefighter’s occupation and the standards which are required as a result. Despite this opposition we have attempted to negotiate in good faith and have taken up every opportunity to make our case and to seek changes to the government’s proposed and unworkable scheme.

Following strike action in...

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Fire: Teenager Who Received Burns To His Face From Street Bonfire Backs Safety Messages

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
A teenager who received burns to his face when an aerosol can thrown onto a street bonfire exploded is highlighting safety messages following his ordeal.


Fire: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service recognised as apprenticeship trailblazer

Written by RSS Poster News

GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has been congratulated by the government for its role in developing top-quality apprenticeships that help young people have a better future. 

The Service has been running its government apprentice scheme in conjunction with local colleges since October 2012, and has seen a number of young people go on to find employment as a result of the scheme, including some with GMFRS. 

GMFRS’ partnership with Manchester College started in November 2013, when the college was successful in its bid to deliver the Service’s tailor-made apprenticeship programme. 

The college worked with the Service to develop the apprenticeships and create training programmes which were relevant to GMFRS’ specific needs and directly related to the jobs available – that included Business Safety Advisors and Community Safety Advisors. 

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “We are proud to be able to...

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