Posts Tagged "Fire Brigades Union"

England’s fire services suffer 25% cut to safety officers numbers

Fire services in England have lost more than a quarter of their specialist fire safety staff since 2011, a Guardian investigation has found. Fire safety officers carry out inspections of high-risk buildings to ensure they comply with safety legislation and…

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Unions warn of risk to Shropshire’s fire and control centre

A Fire Brigades Union secretary has warned of serious concerns over a bid by West Mercia’s Police and Crime Commissioner to take control of the county’s fire service. Matt Lamb, Brigade Secretary for Shropshire said the county’s fire service is…

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London fire: What we know so far about Grenfell Tower

Seventy-nine people have died and 12 people remain in critical care after a huge fire engulfed a west London tower block in the early hours of Wednesday. There could be as many as 76 people missing as a result of…

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Fire service is being ‘crippled’ by cuts, report claims

The fire service is being “crippled” by cuts in the number of control room staff, a report claims. The Fire Brigades Union said more than 500 posts had been axed across the UK since 2010 – a quarter of the…

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Firefighters’ union leader warns of service in crisis

Scotland’s chief fire officer will be told this week that his service is in crisis with firefighters feeling “undervalued, under paid” and “under huge stress”, and that because of cutbacks fire engines are sitting idle and unable to protect communities….

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Scottish fire chiefs to consider using budget vans without full rescue equipment

Cut-price fire trucks carrying only a fraction of the equipment of a traditional appliance could be introduced across Scotland. A senior officer has been tasked with examining the feasibility of introducing “tactical response vehicles” to the Scottish fire service. The…

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Shropshire fire service to face £2 million cut to budget

The 28 per cent budget cut to Shropshire Fire Authority, which runs the county’s fire service, was revealed by the Fire Brigades Union, which branded the changes “savage”. According to the union, it is the highest percentage cut to a…

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North Yorkshire Fire Service ‘In Crisis’

Calls diverted to Cornwall, 18 fire engines unavailable everyday, just one fire engine was available in Scarborough earlier this week as Fire Brigade’s Union calls it a crisis. The North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is in ‘crisis.’ That’s according…

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Loughborough fire engine to be replaced with response vehicle

Loughborough Station is currently home to two engines but one will be taken away and replaced with a Tactical Response Vehicle for a trial. One of Loughborough’s two remaining fire engines is to be replaced by a smaller response vehicle…

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Woeful lack of diversity in fire services, says minister Brandon Lewis

A Government minister has criticised fire services over a “woeful” lack of diversity. Brandon Lewis cited figures showing firefighters in England are 96% white and 95% male. He said: “Any workforce should represent the community that it serves, but in…

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