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Fire: Statement on Kobane and the resistance to ISIS

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

The FBU Executive Council is appalled by the ongoing siege of the predominantly Kurdish town of Kobane in northern Syria by ISIS forces.

The Executive Council notes:

  • The ISIS attack on Kobane and resistance of Kurdish and other local forces.
  • The role of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE (all UK/US allies) in building, assisting and encouraging the growth of ISIS.
  • The particular role of the Turkish government in allowing money, arms and fighters across the border to build support for ISIS.
  • The role of Turkey at various times in obstructing the flight of Kurdish and other refugees and in blocking any support for predominantly Kurdish defenders of Kobane, thereby increasing the power and influence of ISIS and likelihood of collapse of opposition to it.

As the union of firefighting humanitarian professionals, we believe it is right to warn of the prospects of a massacre and to demand that governments (including the UK government) act to prevent atrocities. As professionals who have to deal with...

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Fire: Matt Wrack hails brilliant firefighters tackling Didcot fire but warns against further cuts

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Reacting to the fire at Didcot B power station where firefighters worked overnight to contain the blaze and secure the site Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “Firefighters worked brilliantly throughout the night to tackle a very dangerous fire that had the potential to cost human life.

“I’d like to praise firefighters for their dedication and professionalism in the face of such a daunting task.

“An incident of this nature shows again how important a fully resourced, professional fire service is – something that this government does not seem to understand.

“Since 2010 over 5,000 firefighter jobs have been lost, 39 fire stations have been closed and response times have increased.

“David Cameron should understand that firefighters cannot be expected to continue giving the world class service, like they did in Didcot last night, without the service being properly funded.”

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Fire: All members circular: Retirement of Vice President

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Dear Brother/Sister

The union’s Vice President, Bro. Jim Barbour has today retired from the Fire and Rescue Service and therefore also from his Executive Council position and national offices in the FBU.

An election has already been held for this position – i.e. that of Vice President (elect). I can therefore confirm that Bro. Ian Murray, Executive Council Member for Yorkshire and Humberside, today takes up office as Vice President.

On behalf of all members I would like to thank Jim Barbour for his many years of service to the union within Northern Ireland and at a UK level and wish him well for the future. I am sure all members will also join me in wishing Bro. Murray best wishes in his new role as Vice President.

Best wishes.

Yours fraternally

General Secretary

Click on the resource button to download this circular 

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Fire: Firefighters put marker down over “funding crisis” as merger consultation closes

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Firefighters in Dorset and Wiltshire have laid down a marker by telling politicians that they “will not pay for cuts with our jobs, our service and the safety of firefighters and the public”.

The statement comes as the Fire Brigades Union publishes its response to a public consultation considering a merger of the two fire & rescues services.

The consultation, being run separately by the fire authorities in Dorset and Wiltshire, opened in July and has put forward a number of options, foremost a merger of the two services. The plan has been made in response to funding cuts which have left both fire services on the brink of what some officers are describing as “insolvency”.

In response, the FBU in Dorset and Wiltshire have published submissions which outline the strain that cuts are putting on staff and demand “long term, strategic investment in the service”.

Karen Adams, FBU brigade secretary in Dorset, said: “These are desperate times for...

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Fire: A Royal visitor for Salford Fire Station

Written by RSS Poster News

SALFORD welcomed a very special visitor this afternoon – Prince Harry.

The Royal was in Greater Manchester to support a rugby festival and made a special request to visit the station to meet crew and young people who responded to civil disorder back in 2011.

Around 30 people attended – a mix of firefighters, cadets and volunteers – and Prince Harry even dropped in on the Prince’s Trust team who were busy doing a first aid course at the station.



Fire: North Tyneside children learn how crucial safety is

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
North Tyneside school children will be taking crucial lessons in safety in the run-up to Bonfire Night. Over 800 Year 6 pupils will be visiting Tynemouth Community Fire Station for an education with a difference between 20-24 October. Now in its fourth year, 'Crucial Crew's' aim is to reduce accidental injuries and deaths in fires, which is particularly relevant in the lead up to Bonfire Night. The 10 and 11 year-olds will also learn about the hazards they face in everyday life and what to do if an accident occurs. Seven different 'real-life' scenarios that highlight potential dangers will be set up in the community fire station. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service will be promoting bonfire and firework safety in an interactive and fun scenario. The children will be shown video clips and photographs of real life incidents where children have been burned. They will find out what it might be like to be affected by such burns as they are asked to perform routine tasks such as using...

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Fire: North Norfolk children to learn vital safety tips

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Crucial Crew LogoAgencies from across the county will be coming together next week (20-22 October) for the next Crucial Crew event.

The North Norfolk Crucial Crew, taking place at Gresham’s Prep School in Holt, will see 567 children take part in theatre-style scenarios and mock up hazards in a safe environment.

Co-ordinated by Norfolk County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service, the event will use ten-minute interactive sessions to teach vital safety tips.

This is the 6th year a North Norfolk Crucial Crew has been held and is the fifth event in Norfolk in 2014.

Following next week’s event 38,728 young people (Year 6 pupils) will have attended Crucial Crew since it started.

Stuart Horth, Head of Community Safety at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Crucial Crew returns to North Norfolk for another year. These safety messages are protecting young people and their families. By providing them with these opportunities we are able to protect a large proportion of the Norfolk Community. This in turn can have...

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Fire: All members circular: Pensions, delay after delay – the long wait for a response from DCLG

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Dear Brother/Sister,

The Executive Council yesterday discussed the ongoing pension dispute. There is understandable frustration across the union at the numerous delays from DCLG in announcing whether they are in a position to provide revised proposals on pensions or not.

Pension regulations

The next stage of the government process is to lay draft regulations before Parliament. FBU officials have already discussed with the FBU Parliamentary group what steps can be taken in Parliament to oppose the government at this stage.  At that point in the process, FBU members may be asked again to contact local MPs for support on this issue. Further information and advice will follow.

We have also made it very clear previously to all members, to local FRAs and to the government that the laying of regulations does not in any way end our trade dispute or remove our ability to take lawful industrial action.  We have set out from the start of our campaign that...

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Fire: Carr review a “smear” campaign against unions

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Reacting to the publication of a review by Bruce Carr QC that alleges union intimidation of strike breaking forces during industrial disputes, Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “This review, a tax payer funded exercise on behalf of the Tory Party, is a series of smears against the Fire Brigades Union and the entire UK trade union movement, just as we predicted it would be when it was first announced.

“This hatchet job barely mentions the victimisation of FBU members have suffered when undertaking campaigning or strike action and ignores evidence of the extreme tactics used by some employers throughout recent disputes.

“The timing of the Carr report is a cynical Tory publicity stunt predictably published when midwives, health and other public service workers have been forced into industrial action by a government continually attacking their pay and conditions.”

Fire: Tyne and Wear Fire and rescue service launches bonfire campaign

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging everyone to have a safe and enjoyable bonfire night as it launches its latest bonfire safety campaign. Area Manager John Pratt, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Everyone knows that bonfires and fireworks can cause devastating injuries, even if you are being careful. So we are encouraging people to stay safe and to attend a professional organised display. A key part of our campaign is talking to young people, making them aware of the dangers of bonfires and fireworks and advising them on how they can stay safe. "Bonfire night is one of the busiest times of the year for the emergency services, we want people to enjoy themselves, to stay safe and ensure they don't become a statistic." The campaign includes a schools education programme, an inspection of outlets storing fireworks, a social media and public relations campaign, as well as a dedicated website. Over the next few weeks Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue...

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