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Fire brigade leaders suspended over ‘old boys’ club’ allegations

Report into Avon service found perception that bullying and harassment was ‘endemic’ The chief fire officer of Avon fire and rescue and his deputy have been suspended in the wake of a report criticising both the service and the authority…

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Patients to be moved because of fire safety concerns

More than 50 inpatient beds from the Trauma Unit are being moved to wards within the John Radcliffe Hospital because of fears over fire safety. NHS Trust statement after fire safety report:

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Firefighters and police to join forces for missing persons searches

A pioneering partnership between firefighters and police has just been launched which will see both blue light services join forces to search for high-risk missing people – and it is already helping to save lives. The ground-breaking six-month pilot, between…

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First pictures of the lorry that got stuck Tunbridge Wells High Street

Pictures show the rescue operation that ensued after a large lorry became stuck in the middle of Tunbridge Wells High Street earlier this afternoon (August 3). Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called by Kent Police who were the first…

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Firefighters tackle ‘severe fire’ involving waste wood

Firefighters are currently dealing with a large fire involving waste wood in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have described the fire on Chemical Lane in the Longport Area as ‘severe’. They say it is expected to to be burning…

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Firefighters use new sewers in Hinckley for training

Firefighters from Hinckley scrambled through sewers as part of a training exercise. The emergency responders went down a 1.6m diameter sewer that is under construction, in Leicester Road in Hinckley. Severn Trent is carrying out a £1.5m sewer improvement project…

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Woman who advertised ‘deathtrap’ on Airbnb told to pay almost £6,000

A woman advertised a deathtrap holiday home on Airbnb when she breached fire regulations with toxic tiles, no emergency lighting, the wrong locks and a fire extinguisher that hadn’t been tested in 15 years. Jean Hendy, 64, also failed to…

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Scotland’s fire chief: Give me the funds to deal with terror attack

The UK Government must exempt the cash-strapped Scottish Fire and Rescue Service from an annual VAT bill of £10 million so that it can afford to pay for reforms which will see firefighters trained to respond to marauding terror attacks…

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Essex to become the first county to appoint a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

Essex will become the first county in the country to appoint a joint Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner. It was announced today (July 25) at the Essex Fire and Rescue Headquarters in Kelvedon that Roger Hirst will add the responsibility…

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Fire officers visit 182 high rise properties following Grenfell Tower tragedy

Visits by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service to North East high rises following the Grenfell Tower disaster have now ended. A total of 182 properties across Sunderland, South Tyneside, Newcastle and Gateshead have been inspected since the tragedy,…

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