Plaque unveiled for Manchester firefighter who died in the line of duty

A plaque was unveiled on 14 May for a Manchester firefighter who died in the line of duty, close to the anniversary of his passing. John Ogden, a father of two, sustained injuries falling from a fire engine, which was…

Firefighters’ union to expand fire contaminants and disease work

The Fire Brigades Union has agreed at its annual conference (12 May) to expand its work on the effects of fire contaminants – toxic substances produced by fires – on firefighters. In ongoing research with the University of Central Lancashire,…

Fire Brigades Union awards medals to refugee-saving firefighter and John McDonnell

The Fire Brigades Union has made two new solidarity awards at its annual conference, to operational firefighter and FBU member Brendan Woodhouse, who volunteers in saving refugees at sea, and to Member of Parliament and former shadow chancellor John McDonnell.…

Plaque unveiled for Wimbledon firefighter who died in line of duty

A plaque to commemorate a Wimbledon firefighter who died in the line of duty was unveiled on 28 April, close to the anniversary of his death and close to where the incident took place. Anthony Marshall was just 26 years…

Grenfell Tower Inquiry: politicians ‘must take brunt of blame’ as they take to the stand

Politicians are set to appear as witnesses at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry for the first time on Wednesday, 30 March, amidst calls for the inquiry to highlight the role of governments in creating the system that in turn caused the…

Fire Brigades Union says key Grenfell witness ‘must be held responsible’ for his actions 

Ken Knight’s testimony before the Grenfell Tower Inquiry must mark a sea change in holding key government advisers to account for the fire, the Fire Brigades Union has said. The union has demanded he is held responsible for his actions.…

Plaque for tragic firefighter unveiled on 30th anniversary

A new plaque has been unveiled to commemorate a firefighter who died trying to save a young woman and child. Malcolm Kirton was aged 38 when he died fighting a fire at a large furniture and carpet store in Gainsborough,…

Fire Brigades Union responds to Gove cladding announcement

The Fire Brigades Union has said that Michael Gove’s announcement on the building safety crisis still leaves residents ‘desperately short of where they need to be’, more than four years after Grenfell.  Building safety crisis problems increase fire risk and therefore put…

Firefighters urged to protect themselves from toxic fire contaminants

Firefighters have been urged to protect themselves from toxic fire contaminants in response to research that found more than four times higher rates of cancer amongst firefighters who took part, relative to the general public.1 It is thought that toxic…

Six trade unions seek judicial review over pension discrimination

Six trade unions – the Fire Brigades Union, GMB, PCS, the Prison Officers Association, the Royal College of Nursing, and Unite – have applied to the High Court for judicial review in relation to pension changes. The six unions say…

Fire Brigades Union response to HMICFRS State of Fire report

The Fire Brigades Union has responded to the Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Service State of Fire and Rescue 2021 report. Matt Wrack, the general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, said: ‘It is not clear…

Grenfell Inquiry: Grenfell driven by ‘agenda of deregulation’

The Fire Brigades Union lawyer for the inquiry has placed central importance on the ‘agenda of deregulation, privatisation and marketisation’ as causing the disaster. Martin Seaward said that an agenda ‘which encouraged companies to behave recklessly towards building safety’ was…

Forgotten firefighter remembered with plaque after 50 years

A plaque has been unveiled in memory of a fallen firefighter, after a fellow firefighter uncovered details of his life and passing nearly 50 years after he passed away. Wilfred McLaughlan was attending a fire in a factory when the…

Fire Brigades Union series of videos for COP26 released

The Fire Brigades Union has produced a series of videos to coincide with the COP26 summit, which are featured for you to watch below. Focusing on the unique relationship that firefighters have with our climate and environment, the videos feature…

Firefighter union leader: PM should apologise for ‘dangerous’ building safety crisis PMQs comments

The general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union has criticised the Prime Minister for saying that buildings caught up in the building safety crisis are ‘not unsafe’, apparently without justification, and that the victims of the building crisis were ‘in…

Firefighters preparing to take government to court over pensions

The Fire Brigades Union has issued a formal letter before claim for Judicial Review proceedings against the government, in an attempt to prevent the government making firefighters pay the cost of the discrimination introduced by the government into their pension…

Budget 2021: fire and rescue could be unable to face growing challenges

A lack of new funding for fire and rescue in the Budget and Spending Review could leave fire and rescue unable to deal with growing challenges including climate change, according to the Fire Brigades Union. The Budget and Spending Review…

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…

Firefighters win landmark Covid discrimination case against fire and rescue service

Firefighters have won a discrimination case against a fire and rescue service, having successfully argued that forcing firefighters with disabilities to use annual leave or TOIL when shielding amounted to discrimination. The case is thought to be the first where…

Firefighter union leader tells MPs that ‘governments for decades’ at fault on fire safety

Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack has told a cross-party committee of MPs that ‘governments for decades’ have been responsible for reducing emphasis on fire safety, in a session on post-Grenfell building rule changes yesterday. He said there had…

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