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Cumbria fire union takes control centre fight to Westminster

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  • February 17, 2012
A petition to save Cumbria's emergency fire control centre has been handed in at Westminster by union officials. The council plans to shut the control room in June with the loss of 12 posts. Signed petitions have been presented to the chair of Cumbri...

Woman dies in house fire in Orpington

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  • February 17, 2012
A woman has died after a fire at a house in south-east London. Fire crews found the body of the woman at the semi-detached property in Fairway, Pettswood in Orpington. Twenty firefighters went to the scene just after midday and the blaze was under co...

No confidence vote in Highland fire bosses

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  • February 17, 2012
Firefighters in the Highlands have passed a vote of no confidence in senior management. Members of the Fire Brigades Union claim bosses have failed to act over failings in training and development, risking firefighters' lives. Meanwhile, members of t...

Probe into Strathclyde fire chief Brian Sweeney's job deal

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  • February 17, 2012
The public spending watchdog has launched a probe into how one of Scotland's most senior fire chiefs retired, before getting his job back. Brian Sweeney stepped down as Strathclyde's chief fire officer last July, giving him access to his lump sum pen...

Fire couple rescued from balcony at Kirkcaldy flats

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  • February 17, 2012
Two people have been rescued from a sixth-floor balcony after a fire broke out in their Fife flat. Fire fire crews were called to the scene at the eight-storey Park View flats at about 00:10. They found a man and woman on the balcony of the sixth-flo...

Merseyside Fire Authority to raise council tax precept

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  • February 17, 2012
Merseyside Fire Authority is to raise its council tax precept by 4% to cope with government budget cuts. The authority has already identified £9m of cuts and is set to lose 173 members of staff. Tony Newman, who chairs the authority, said it had als...

Major fire at Perth recycling plant

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  • February 17, 2012
Firefighters have been tackling a major blaze at a Perth recycling plant, as 100 tonnes of paper and cardboard went up in flames. Staff at Wyllie Recycling and neighbouring units were evacuated as a result of the fire, which could be seen for miles a...

Greater Manchester Fire Authority faces 'difficult road'

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  • February 17, 2012
Fire leaders in Greater Manchester have warned that further cuts to funding could lead to the closure of fire stations and compulsory redundancies. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority agreed savings of £6.5m at a meeting on Thursday, but it...

Windsor fire station 24-hour cover plan approved

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  • February 17, 2012
Twenty-four hour fire cover for Windsor will be reinstated following a five-year battle to save the Berkshire town's station from closure at night. Windsor became a day-crewed station when the premises in Wokingham opened as a 24-hour operation in Oc...

Bedfordshire firefighters to work 24-hour shifts

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  • February 17, 2012
Firefighters in Bedfordshire are set to begin working continuous 24-hour shifts. The new shift pattern has been agreed by Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service and the Fire Brigades Union. "The new system will allow us to have more control o...

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