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London Fire Brigade emergency call handling outsourced

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  • March 16, 2012
London Fire Brigade's control room, which handles its 999 calls, will be privatised, London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority has said. Members of the authority agreed to outsource the service and awarded a 10-year contract to Capita, which would...

Grampian firefighters injured in road accident in Aberdeenshire

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  • March 16, 2012
Three firefighters were injured after their appliance was involved in a crash in Aberdeenshire. Grampian Fire and Rescue Service said the Peterhead fire engine was returning from an incident call when the accident happened on the A98 between New Pits...

Children led to safety before school coach catches fire

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  • March 16, 2012
A driver has been praised for his "swift actions" after 28 schoolchildren were led to safety moments before their coach burst into flames. Fire crews were called at about 10:00 GMT to the A421 near Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, after smoke was see...

Probe into fire death at Brierton Allotments in Hartlepool

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  • March 16, 2012
Police are investigating the death of a man in a fire at a Teesside allotment. The man, who has not been named but was in his 70s, was pronounced dead at the scene of the blaze in Hartlepool on Wednesday. A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said emerg...

Milford Haven School evacuated after fire in toilet block

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  • March 16, 2012
More than a thousand pupils and staff were forced to evacuate Milford Haven's secondary school on Thursday after a fire. Emergency services were called to the Steynton Road campus at 11:30 GMT after reports of a fire starting in toilets at the school...

Major blaze hits fish merchants at Sandend in Aberdeenshire

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  • March 16, 2012
Almost 30 firefighters were involved in tackling a major blaze at an Aberdeenshire fish merchant in the early hours. The fire at J Smith in Sandend, near Portsoy, broke out at about 01:00. Four pumps and a water carrier were needed to bring the flame...

'No VAT refund' for new Scottish police and fire services

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  • March 16, 2012
The new national Scottish police and fire services will not be eligible for VAT refunds worth more than £30m, according to the UK government. Police forces and fire brigades are currently exempt from the charge under the present regionalised structu...

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