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…

Skills For Justice Create Video to Celebrate 80 years since the Fire Brigades Act 1938

In 1938 primary legislation was introduced in Great Britain in the form of the Fire Brigades Act. It kick-started a huge change in how the fire service worked. The act placed responsibility on local authorities for the provision of a…

Safety Fears Loom Over Non-Firefighter Managers In Fire Service

Fears have been raised over East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS) appointing staff with no experience of firefighting to key operational positions. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has warned the safety of firefighters and the public is being jeopardised…

Firefighters in the West Midlands to ballot for strike action

Firefighters and emergency control operators in the West Midlands will ballot for strike action in an escalating row over the imposition of new contracts, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has said today. Contracts introduced by West Midlands Fire Authority mean…

Isle of Wight Council warned against adopting Fire Service proposals over safety fears

The fire service review contains plans to cut the number of firefighters in a crew from five to four as well as axing 15% of the islands firefighting workforce. On Thursday night (12 April), the council’s own scrutiny committee called…

Historical Website Chronicling History Of The Fire Service And Its Union Goes Live

A new website examining 100 years of fire service history has been launched today (9 April) as part of plans to mark the centenary of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU). Visitors to the site will be able to explore the…

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…

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