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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.

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"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.



Fire: Puppy Rescued From House Fire

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
A puppy was rescued by firefighters from a house in Waterloo after a smoke alarm alerted neighbours to a fire.


Fire: Family affair for GMFRS search and rescue dog

Written by RSS Poster News

GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service's (GMFRS) search and rescue dog Ace led the way for his son Buster during a training exercise organised by Eccles Fire Station.

Ace and his trainer, Crew Manager Mike Dewar, (pictured below, left) were invited to take part in a multi-agency water rescue training exercise held at Sale Water Park on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

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The exercise was also attended by firefighters from GMFRS' Technical Response Unit (TRU) from Leigh, two fire engines from Farnworth, HART (Hazardous Area Response Team) paramedics from the North West Ambulance Service, the Water Incident Unit from Eccles and two GMFRS volunteers who acted as casualties for the dogs to find.

GMFRS' newest search and rescue dog Ace was joined by his son Buster - a search and rescue dog who's been personally trained by TRU Firefighter Clare Louth (pictured above, right, with Buster).

The exercise scenario involved a man that had fallen into the water and was accompanied by two children who were...

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Fire: Deliberate fires in Oswestry

Written by RSS Poster Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service - News

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service attended several incidents in Oswestry over the weekend.

At 5.10pm Sunday 13th April 2014 a report was received of a tree stump and overgrowth on fire in Twyford Lane, Oswestry. At 5.12pm we received a report of household rubbish and a mattress on fire under the bridge in Maesbury Road, Oswestry. At 4.50pm on the same day crews attended a report of a wheelie bin on fire in Gower Place, Oswestry. And at 2.53pm crews attended a report of a Ford Fiesta on fire in Bailey Head, Oswestry - the vehicle was subsequently reported stolen to the police.Read more




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