Firefighters ‘might not be able to fight all fires’

Firefighter numbers have reached a new low since the beginning of austerity in 2010. One in five firefighter roles which existed in 2010 no longer exist, according to figures released this week, with a fall in numbers of 11,680 since…

Gillender Street fire 30th anniversary calls for safety advances to be preserved

Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack has spoken out on the 30th anniversary of the Gillender Street fire in Tower Hamlets, London. Two firefighters died in the fire after running out of air. Wrack has personal links to the…

40th anniversary of New Cross fire: Fire Brigades Union comment

On the 40th anniversary of a fire during a house party in New Cross, South East London, that killed 13 young black people, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has called the incident a ‘tragedy’ that takes on new relevance in…

Fire service bosses pull out of Covid-19 agreement

Fire and rescue service employers have unilaterally scrapped a groundbreaking agreement with the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) which had enabled firefighters to assist the NHS and care-sector response to Covid-19. Negotiations over health and safety measures for firefighters delivering high-risk…

Urgent action needed to protect firefighters from risk of getting cancer, scientists find

Ground-breaking research has revealed the serious health risks to UK firefighters following exposure to toxic fire effluents, the chemicals emitted during a fire, in an independent University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) report commissioned by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU). The…

Public sector pay: firefighters won’t stand for “divide and rule” tactics from government

Responding to leaked reports of government plans to freeze public sector pay, Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “We warned ministers in the summer that clapping key workers would not pay the bills – but it seems in government memories…

Firefighters call for Grenfell Inquiry to investigate “revolving door” between manufacturers and regulators

Former Chief Executive of company which produced flammable insulation chaired the board of supposedly independent regulator Government changes to building safety guidance risk repeating mistakes made by companies responsible for allowing deadly Grenfell refurbishment, FBU says The Grenfell Tower Inquiry…

Anger as Public denied consultation on Fire Service cuts

The public is being denied the right to have a say on proposed changes to the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service that the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) say are a threat to public safety. Managers at the service…

United Kingdom Fire Brigades Union Celebrates its Centenary

FIRE BRIGADES UNION TURNS 100 This year will mark 100 years since the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), the first and only UK trade union to champion the specific needs of firefighters, was founded in 1918. Some 85% of all firefighters…

Exclusive Elliot Brown Firefighters Watch Raises £11,000 for Charity

Elliot Brown’s special edition firefighter’s watch, which went on sale exclusively to UK Fire Brigade Union (FBU) members earlier this year, has raised an amazing £11,000 for good causes. Elliot Brown has made a substantial donation from funds raised from…

Quarter of UK Firefighters Axed as Fire Brigades Union Warns of Staffing Crisis

A UK Home Office report has revealed the number of firefighters employed by fire and rescue services has been reduced by nearly a quarter over the past decade. In 2017, 33,049 firefighters were working in the UK according to the…

New research shows emergency response to tower block fires is a postcode lottery

The ability of fire crews to respond promptly and professionally to life threatening tower block fires is a postcode lottery, according to new research from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), which represents the vast majority of UK firefighters. Differing levels…

Queen’s Speech: Firefighters tell government to stop disastrous cuts

Firefighters have called on MPs to support an amendment to the Queen’s Speech tomorrow (28 June) that will protect the fire and rescue service in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower disaster. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU), which represents the…

Firefighters welcome Labour manifesto commitment to increase frontline numbers

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has warmly welcomed commitments made in the Labour Party manifesto for greater investment in the fire and rescue service. The manifesto, published today (16 May), confirms that Labour will recruit at least 3,000 new frontline…

£1000 reward for return of stolen iPod

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has posted a £1,000 reward for information leading to the return of an iPod that was stolen from the daughter of late firefighter Alan Bannon. Abi Bannon was devastated after the blue iPod Nano –…

Government cuts whipping up ‘perfect storm’ of public safety risk

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) told delegates at the TUC annual congress today that government funding cuts are stretching the fire and rescue service beyond the limit and putting lives at risk. More than 9,600 firefighter jobs have gone since…

999 EMERGENCY: SAVE OUR FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE, URGES FIRE BRIGADES UNION FILM

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has today launched a hard hitting film about life threatening cuts to the fire and rescue service (FRS), claiming that the public are no longer safe. ‘Firefighters provide a 24 hour, seven days a week…

GOVERNMENT SLAMMED FOR FIRE SERVICE CUTS CHAOS, MP’S SAY

The government are putting lives at risk by failing to recognise the true extent of budget cuts to the fire and rescue service, an influential House of Commons committee has said. The Public Accounts Committee, chaired by Labour MP Meg…

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