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…

Firefighters sound alarm over UN climate report

Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack has responded to the UN’s latest major report into climate change, which was published yesterday. He said that: ‘Firefighters here and across the world are on the front line of the climate crisis. We…

FBU fears underreporting of Covid infections in the fire service as minister fails to provide data

The government has failed to provide details of the number of Covid deaths and cases reported by employers in the fire service, after being asked to do so in a Parliamentary Question and through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request…

Firefighters identify deadly private sector inspection threat in Building Safety Bill

Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack has responded to the Building Safety Bill passing its second reading in Parliament on 21 July by saying that it is ‘vitally flawed’ in its present form. The bill is set to see…

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…

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…

Fire Brigades Union joins TUC fight to save fund

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has joined the TUC in calling on the government to reverse its decision to scrap funding for a lifelong learning programme, allowing retiring and injured firefighters to expand their skills and employment prospects. The new…

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…

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…

Firefighter’s dramatic new film shows human cost of slowing 999 response times

A new film released on 31st May 2017 called The Firefighters’ Dilemma is calling for the government to set national standards to improve emergency response times. The film shows a pensioner trapped inside a burning flat. The first fire engine…

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…

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