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Loss of life at Grenfell Tower caused by “deep-seated culture of complacency”

A pamphlet issued by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and launched at the Labour Party’s Annual Conference claims that Government bears ultimate responsibility for the Grenfell Tower fire and that deregulation by consecutive administrations led to the tragedy. ‘The...
Posted On 26 Sep 2019
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“‘Unanswered’ call for justice two years after Grenfell Tower tragedy” states FBU

It has been two years since the start of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, but no findings have yet been published, with the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) saying the Government has ‘utterly failed’ in not addressing fire safety concerns.   Matt Wrack, general secretary of the...
Posted On 26 Aug 2019
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Police takeover of Fire and Rescue Services “will damage public safety” warns FBU

Fire budgets could be cut in favour of policing, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has warned after fire authorities lost a bid to block a takeover from West Mercia’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). Firefighters’ vital community engagement work could also be threatened as...
Posted On 13 Aug 2019
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Enforcement activity will continue to fall “until Fire and Rescue Services are allocated sufficient additional resources”

Fire safety inspections in buildings have fallen by 40%, leaving thousands of people at risk. According to the Fire Protection Association (FPA), that statistic “should be a source of deep shame for this Government”. “What value do we place on the lives of our...
Posted On 09 Jan 2019
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Fire Brigades Union offers recommendations in wake of Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase One

Phase One of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry has concluded and, in the closing statements, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) gave a series of recommendations. The FBU has requested a review of Fire Service procedures and training to plan for residents of all high-rise buildings to be...
Posted On 17 Dec 2018
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Tall building fires under the spotlight at Birmingham’s NEC during Emergency Services Show

Responding to fires in tall buildings will be a key focus at this year’s Emergency Services Show which runs in Hall 5 at the NEC in Birmingham on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 September. Russ Timpson, founder of the Tall Building Fire Safety Network, will present a session in the...
Posted On 19 Sep 2017
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“Attention must now focus squarely on quality of fire risk assessments” urges BAFE

British Approvals for Fire Equipment (BAFE) – the independent not-for-profit organisation that creates schemes for the fire protection industry based on UK and European Standards and Best Practice for third party certification – considers it “imperative”...
Posted On 25 Jul 2017
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Home Secretary Theresa May sets out “radical” Fire and Rescue Service reform programme

Home Secretary Theresa May has unveiled a programme of reform for the Fire and Rescue Services that promises to be as radical and ambitious as that delivered across the policing landscape since 2010. Speaking at an event hosted by Think Tank Reform, the Home Secretary praised the...
Posted On 25 May 2016
Proposed cuts in fire authority budgets – and the effect they may have on jobs and services – are now dominating many local communities
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Proposed budget cuts for Fire Services dominate local authority agendas

The recent news agenda has been dominated by stories concerning cuts in fire authority budgets and the effect that they will potentially have on jobs, services and local communities. Last Saturday, demonstrators took to the streets in Lincolnshire to protest against proposed cuts...
Posted On 22 Jan 2015