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Fire: All members circular [0058SS] FBU UNION LEARNING FUND RECRUITMENT – ULF PROJECT MANAGER

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Over the last ten years the FBU has successfully promoted and engaged its members in a Lifelong Learning agenda within the union and across the UK Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) funded by the Union Learning Fund (ULF).

The current FBU ULF project is due to finish on the 31st March 2015 when the funding from the ULF 2013 – 2014 has ended.   Despite an unsteady political and economic climate, a further application for ULF project funding has been approved from April 1st 2015 until March 31st 2016.

To meet the obligations of our successful bid and, due to the retirement of the current Project Manager, a post is being made available to new applicants.

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Fire: All members circular [0060MW] NHS and ambulance strike:  Support the strikers

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Non-participation in co-responding activities by FBU members

FBU members will be aware that on 29 January our brothers and sisters in the trade unions in the NHS will be taking strike action in protest over pay and the refusal of NHS employers to even provide an increase across the board of 1%. 60% of NHS staff will currently receive no pay rise at all for 2014.

I am sure members will want to show their support and solidarity.

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Fire: Making people in North Tyneside safer

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
People supported by the national social care charity Community Integrated Care in North Tyneside will be safer at home, thanks to a special partnership between the charity and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. The charity has been supported by the Fire and Rescue Service to fit a sprinkler system in its Parkside service in West Moor, which supports four adults with learning and physical disabilities to live independently in the community. This will offer the residents the added security of having life-saving fire protection in their home. The state-of-the-art sprinkler system and sprinkler heads only actuate if they are in the vicinity of, and directly affected by, fire. The sprinkler head works by spraying a fine mist of water into a room to cool smoke and suppress fire. The system will also notify staff working in the home about the risk of fire, by activating the fire alarm. District Manager for North Tyneside, Phil Clark, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Sprinklers can mean the...

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Fire: New Report Highlights The Importance Of Sharing Data To Protect Those Vulnerable To Fire

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service has published a new report highlighting the importance of sharing data to help those who are more vulnerable in communities.


Fire: Consultation Into Draft Proposal To Close Allerton Fire Station Closes

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
A consultation into a draft proposal to close Allerton Fire Station has ended.


Fire: All members circular [0041MW] Pensions: Following up the Parliamentary debate: Firefighters seek clarity – government responses add to the confusion

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

As the imposition of the 2015 pension regulations approaches, firefighters are asking for clarity about their pension situation. The responses so far from DCLG have done nothing to assist this.

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Fire: Swindon Council calls for FBU pension talks

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Tory-controlled Swindon Council last night (22 Jan) called on the government to resume talks with the FBU to work out a settlement to our dispute that will offer fair, equitable and sustained pensions appropriate to the firefighters’ occupation.

Councillors were lobbied on their way into the meeting by members of the Swindon Peoples’ Assembly, an active local community group who have supported our cause throughout the dispute. Union officials were also in attendance.

A member of the council’s majority Tory group (who also happens to be a member of the Fire Authority) proposed an amendment parroting the official Westminster line about ‘gold-plated pension arrangements’. Although only one of his colleagues offered any word of support, they all raised their hands to back the official central government propaganda. But the welcome news is that after the amendment, even the Tories backed the call for talks to end the dispute.

Brent Thorley, the FBU Wiltshire brigade secretary, said, “The union is...

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Fire: Warning on e-cigarettes after fire causes widespread damage

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Norfolk County Council’s Trading Standards department and Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service are warning people who use e-cigarettes to beware after a devastating fire in Horstead was blamed on an e-cigarette that overheated while on charge.

The blaze caused widespread damage at the home of Tessa and John Musgrove on Tuesday night and has prompted a plea for e-cigarettes not to be left unattended - especially overnight.

 

Sophie Leney from Norfolk County Council’s Trading Standards said: “Not only do people who purchase e-cigarettes have a part to play in ensuring they are using them safely, but the commercial premises selling these items also have a responsibility. This incident is part of ongoing work Norfolk Trading Standards is doing into the safety of such products. Our teams have and will attend Norfolk businesses in response to information we receive about e-cigarettes being sold without the correct chargers. 

“One of the main factors for e-cigarettes catching fire appears...

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Fire: Union will resist plans to use untrained firefighters as ambulance paramedics

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Firefighters in South Yorkshire have expressed serious safety concerns for the public and their members about plans to use them as emergency cover for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue currently have just 229 fire officers who have completed an Initial Emergency Care Course. This is a 4-day course that enables officers to provide only initial first aid. The majority of the remaining 411 fire officers do not have this training.

South Yorkshire FBU fears that firefighters will be placed in a moral and ethical dilemma. Brigade officials are rightly concerned that they could put lives at risk either because they do not have the right training to deal with a medical emergency or because someone requiring a fire crew does not get one in time, because fire fighters are too busy covering for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Neil Carbutt, bBrigade secretary for South Yorkshire Fire Brigades Union said: “The public are being put at risk because of...

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Fire: Partner release: Joining Forces for the benefit of the community

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
In support of a North Tyneside Council community campaign, organisations are coming together for an action-packed week in Wallsend. Getting underway on Monday (January 26), 'Operation Hotspot' will ensure the Willington Quay area of the town is spick and span. Operation Hotspot was launched six years ago with support from Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. And from Monday to Friday next week, the organisations will together tackle fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour, help with home fire safety and promote the council's campaign about responsible dog ownership, 'No Messing'. Appealing to young people in the area, Wallsend Boys Club will also be providing support by running different activities, including sports, nail art and crafts, from its purpose built outreach 'Boyza Bus'. It will be at Willington Quay and Howdon Boys Club on Friday, January 30, from 5pm to 8pm. Ahead of the event, Cllr John Harrison, cabinet member for Housing and the...

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