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.…

Firefighters union calls for immediate talks over fire-safety fear

The Fire Brigades Union has called for the Scottish Government to convene immediate multi-agency talks to try to find a solution to fire-safety concerns in schools and the home. The union has raised its concerns about the proposal to improve…

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…

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