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Gorse fires in Northern Ireland 'will cost lives'

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  • March 29, 2012
Lives are being put at risk by gorse fires in Northern Ireland, a Sinn Fein councillor has warned. Newry and Mourne councillor Pat McGinn said the fires could also be diverting the vital resources of the emergency services away from a serious inciden...

Helicopter to fight grass fires in new crackdown

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  • March 29, 2012
A crackdown aimed at reducing the number of grass fires in parts of south and mid Wales over Easter is being launched. A specialist helicopter will be used to fight the flames as part of Project Wildfire. It is a partnership between two fire services...

Fuel strike threat: Maude's jerrycan advice 'a mistake'

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  • March 29, 2012
The government made a mistake in advising people to store petrol in jerrycans at home to prepare for a possible strike by fuel tanker drivers, a transport minister has said. Mike Penning said Cabinet Minister Francis Maude had misunderstood the size ...

Penhallow fire victims' relative wants safety changes

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  • March 29, 2012
Changes need to be made to how hotel fire risk assessments are carried out, according to a man whose relatives were killed in Newquay's Penhallow Hotel fire. John Hughes lost his mother and brother in the fire on 18 August 2007. The hotel had no spri...

Cutting torch sparks likely cause of Inverness blaze

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  • March 29, 2012
One of the largest fires ever tackled by Highlands and Islands fire service may have been started by sparks from a cutting torch, police have said. The blaze at a scrap metal dealers in Inverness, started at about 09:00 on Tuesday and crews remained ...

Galloway hillside blaze caused by 'controlled' burning

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  • March 29, 2012
Fire investigations have concluded that a major grassland blaze in southern Scotland was started by "controlled" burning in the area. Dozens of firefighters tackled the flames at Drumburn Hill, near Dumfries, which broke out on Monday afternoon. Abou...

Man injured by 'explosion' in St Mellons, Cardiff

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  • March 29, 2012
A man in his 50s has been taken to the hospital after reports of an explosion at a flat in Cardiff. Neighbouring properties were evacuated after the incident in Caerleon Close, St Mellons, just after 12:30 BST. The man is being treated for superficia...

Woman dies at scene of Willenhall house fire

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  • March 29, 2012
A woman has died in a fire at a house in Coventry. Crews were called to the property in Mary Slessor Street, Willenhall, shortly after 05:30 BST and found the woman, who has not been named, inside. West Midlands Fire Service said firefighters needed ...

Lincolnshire flood rescue teams to be expanded

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  • March 28, 2012
An expanded flood rescue system has been unveiled by Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service. A £250,000 grant has led to the number of specialist response teams, equipped with boats, being expanded from one to 10, a total of 60 personnel. Crews are al...

Emergency exercise to be held in Aberdeen city centre

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  • March 28, 2012
The biggest emergency response exercise ever seen in the north east of Scotland is to be held in Aberdeen city centre. The Bon Accord exercise will see 12 fire engines, including a ladder platform, two support units and a command unit take part. More...

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