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Somerset retained firefighters in availability dispute

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  • March 14, 2011
Nearly 200 retained firefighters in Somerset are refusing to declare when they are not available for emergencies. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue wants to improve its 999 response by using a computer programme called Gartan which monitors crewing ...

Surrey fire service plans 'unacceptable'

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  • March 14, 2011
Firefighters have said proposed changes to the fire service in Surrey, which they claim will extend response times, are "totally unacceptable". The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said slower response times would threaten life and increase the risk to busi...

Disabled woman jailed for Milton Keynes fire killings

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  • March 14, 2011
A disabled woman has been jailed for 12 years for the manslaughter of a mother and daughter in a fire. Bola Ejifunmilayo, 29, and her daughter Fiyin, three, died at Fishermead Boulevard, Milton Keynes, in September. Barbara Zhanje, 48, of Kettering, ...

Death crash woman 'died in fire from carbon monoxide'

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  • March 14, 2011
A woman alleged to have been murdered in a road crash died from carbon monoxide poisoning in a burning car, a pathologist has said. Dr James Grieve said he found the high gas levels after carrying out the post-mortem examination on Claire Morris. Mal...

Protecting Cornwall's Gorse land

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  • March 14, 2011
Firefighters from Cornwall are talking to children as young as five about the risks of starting fires deliberately. The move is part of Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service's efforts to prevent a new generation of arsonists in the county. In the last few...

Japan tsunami: Aid workers tackle aftermath

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  • March 14, 2011
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan describes his country's current situation as "the most severe crisis since World War II". The death toll from Friday's earthquake and tsunami in the north-east of the country is expected to exceed 10,000, but so far c...

Hertfordshire fire officer leads UK Japan rescue team

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  • March 14, 2011
Hertfordshire's chief fire officer is leading the UK International Search and Rescue Team in Japan. Roy Wilsher is heading up a team of 60 specialist search and rescue workers in their search for survivors. The earthquake struck the north-east of Jap...

Man arrested over arson attack on house in Stroud

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  • March 14, 2011
A 51-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a fire badly damaged a house in Stroud. Crews from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service were called to Warwick Close in Rodborough at about 2130 GMT on Saturday night. The whole of th...

Man, 70, dies in Rochdale bungalow blaze

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  • March 14, 2011
An elderly man has died in a fire at a bungalow in Greater Manchester. The 70-year-old was discovered by fire crews in an upstairs bedroom of the dormer bungalow on Keepers Drive, Norden, Rochdale just before 0700 GMT. A passer-by alerted a neighbour...

Men and dog rescuers trained in Wales go to Japan

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  • March 14, 2011
Seven fire fighters and four rescue dogs are part of Wales' contribution to the rescue efforts in the Japan. Mid and West Wales Fire Service said seven volunteers are working alongside the military in a town which has been hit by both the earthquake ...

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