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Five years after Grenfell tragedy, firefighters’ job cuts continue

On the anniversary of the Grenfell Tower tragedy in which 72 people died in 2017, the Fire Brigades Union has revealed that another 221 firefighter positions have been cut. The union says that these latest job cuts come after several … Continue reading

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Grenfell inquiry set to quiz Barwell over ignored warnings

Former Conservative housing minister is set to give evidence about his part in what has been described as ‘one of the greatest public policy failures anywhere in the modern world’ Gavin Barwell, the former Croydon MP who as housing minister … Continue reading

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Fire fighters air worries after IPCC’s ‘atlas of human suffering’

The country’s firefighters, the public service which is primarily tasked with responding to natural emergencies such as flooding or wildfires in heatwaves, says it is ill-prepared to cope with the kind of events which UN-backed scientists predict will occur over … Continue reading

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Officials knew dangers of cladding 15 years before Grenfell

Evidence given at the inquiry into the deaths of 72 people in North Kensington in 2017 show that the priority of successive governments was always ‘the demands of corporate interests above the needs of people’, according to a union leader … Continue reading

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Covid outbreak takes seven Surrey fire engines out of service

The fire brigade in neighbouring Surrey has been hit by an outbreak of coronavirus which has placed nearly one-third of the county’s full-time fire engines out of service. According to the Fire Brigades Union, the outbreak has occurred after Surrey … Continue reading

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Fire Brigades Union slam ‘utter mess’ of coronavirus testing

Matt Wrack, the general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, has slammed the government’s woefully inadequate roll-out of covid-19 testing for key-workers, describing it as “an utter mess”. Many FBU members have been drafted in as support staff for the … Continue reading

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