Fire and Rescue

Firefighters vote to strike over pay

In what would be the first national strike in over 20 years, members of the Fire Brigades Union have voted for strike action on pay with 88 per cent voting yes on a 73 per cent turn out. This comes after firefighters rejected a 5 per cent pay offer in November 2022. The Fire Brigades… Read more »

Fire contaminants linked to significant physical and mental health issues among UK firefighters 

New research has found that toxic contaminants in fires are directly linked to increased rates of cancer and mental health issues among firefighters.  The research, commissioned by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and independently carried out by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), is based on a survey of over 10,000 serving and retired firefighters…

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service investing in protecting firefighters against contaminants

Dräger has supplied a suite of mechanical cleaning equipment for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s new purpose-built breathing apparatus training centre to deliver consistent levels of equipment disinfection and hygiene. Lancashire’s £4 million training centre, based in Chorley, will provide the latest facilities and training to firefighters in the county. It includes a network of… Read more »

Two new fire standards out for consultation

The Fire Standards Board is consulting on the Fire Control Fire Standard and a draft Fire Standard on Communications, Engagement and Consultation. The Fire Control Fire Standard has been developed with input from the NFCC Fire Control Team, the NFCC Lead for Fire Control, Mobilising Officers Group and with fire control specialists from a wide… Read more »

Firefighters converge on Westminster as they ballot to strike over pay

Over 2,000 firefighters and control staff from across the UK assembled in Westminster on Tuesday to protest low pay after their strike ballot opened on 5 December.  MPs including Zarah Sultana and Jeremy Corbyn addressed the crowds inside Methodist Central Hall near Parliament Square, alongside FBU general secretary Matt Wrack and several FBU officials and… Read more »