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Call for inquiry into fire control plan

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  • December 22, 2010
A scrapped multi-million pound scheme to change the fire control system should be investigated by the National Audit Office, MPs have said. The plan, called Firecontrol, aimed to replace 46 fire control centres in England with nine regional sites. Bu...

London firefighters row over shift patterns resolved

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  • December 22, 2010
A row between firefighters and London Fire Brigade over duty hours has been resolved with the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) accepting a new shift pattern. Members of the FBU voted in favour of the 10.5-hour day shifts and 13.5-hour night shifts instead o...

Greater Manchester fire service to cut 200 firefighters

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  • December 22, 2010
Up to 200 firefighters and 100 back office staff are expected to lose their jobs across Greater Manchester over the next three years. Due to widespread cuts from government, and a settlement that is worse than first feared, the fire authority has rev...

Elderly Birmingham couple die after fire at flat

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  • December 22, 2010
A couple, both aged in their 80s, have died after a fire at their home in Birmingham. The blaze, at their flat in Hickory Drive, Edgbaston, started on Tuesday in an airing cupboard where electrical equipment had been, crews said. The couple were resc...

Neighbour praised in Dorset flats fire rescue

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  • December 22, 2010
A neighbour has been praised for raising the alarm when he spotted a fire in a flat. Crews were called on Tuesday night when flames were seen coming from a block of flats in Norwich Avenue, Bournemouth. The male occupant, who had left food cooking in...

Brechin flats fire 'started deliberately'

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  • December 22, 2010
A block of flats in Angus was evacuated after a fire was started deliberately on the first floor. Firefighters were called to the block on Union Street in Brechin at about 2315 GMT on Tuesday. The blaze was found in a first-floor flat. The occupant w...

Sandiacre horse deaths fire 'started deliberately'

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  • December 22, 2010
A fire at a barn in Derbyshire which killed two horses could have been started deliberately, police say. The barn and a stable block were destroyed in the blaze in the early hours of Sunday at Stoney Clouds Farm, Larch Drive, Sandiacre. Two horses in...

Man and boy die in Coventry chip pan fire

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  • December 22, 2010
A man and a boy, aged nine, have died following a house fire in Coventry. West Midlands Fire Service said they were rescued from the terraced house in Lower Stoke, along with another person, shortly before midnight on Tuesday. A neighbour rescued one...

Oxfordshire rescuers warn dog owners about ice danger

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  • December 22, 2010
Dog walkers are being urged to keep their animals safe after crews were called out three times in as many hours to reports dogs had fallen through ice. Two managed to escape from the water, while the third had to be rescued by firefighters in Oxford ...

Public pension schemes 'should be career average'

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  • December 22, 2010
Lord Hutton's review of public sector pension schemes has been urged to recommend they be changed to career average schemes. The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) says such a switch would be the best way to keep the schemes going in the fa...

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