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Dial 999: 75 years of emergency phone calls

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  • June 30, 2012
When the 999 service was launched in London 75 years ago it was the world's first emergency phone number. What happened when it rang for the first time? On 30 June 1937, the capital's new emergency telephone line was unveiled. A notice in the Evening...

Shirley Towers inquest: Firefighters 'forgotten' in flat

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  • June 30, 2012
An inquest into the death of two Southampton firefighters has heard how they "seemed to have been forgotten about" after going in to tackle a fire. Jim Shears and Alan Bannon were overcome by excessive heat inside flat 72 of Shirley Towers on 6 April...

Leicestershire clean-up after storms

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  • June 30, 2012
A clean-up operation is under way after strong winds, rain and hailstorms caused disruption in Leicestershire. Buildings and roads were flooded, windows were smashed by giant hailstones and lightning damaged homes and businesses on Thursday afternoon...

Woman, 84, trapped under Manchester bus and critically hurt

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  • June 28, 2012
A woman is in a critical condition in hospital after being trapped under a bus that had hit her in Manchester. The woman, 84, suffered serious injuries to her right leg and an injury to her head in the accident at Piccadilly Gardens in the city centr...

Belfast floods

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  • June 28, 2012
The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service dealt with more than 700 flood-related call-outs in greater Belfast between Wednesday and Thursday. At the height of the flooding, many roads were impassable and about 1,000 homes were left without power. ...

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  • June 28, 2012
Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service has opened a new museum celebrating the brigade's history and heritage. The centre features exhibits ranging from hand-drawn pumps and the first breathing apparatus sets to today's state-of-the-art equipment. There...

Man found in Lothian flat fire dies

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  • June 28, 2012
A man found unconscious in a burning flat in East Lothian has died in hospital. Firefighters were called to the blaze in a second-floor flat in Dunbar High Street at about 11:00. A spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service said thre...

Essex firefighters walk out on strike in protest over cuts

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  • June 28, 2012
Full-time fire crews in Essex have begun the first in a series of stoppages in protest at cuts to the service. Members of the Fire Brigades Union voted for industrial action claiming the cuts could put lives in danger. Read More........... Reproduced...

Colorado Springs under threat as 32,000 flee fire

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  • June 28, 2012
More than 32,000 people were forced to flee their homes as a raging wildfire threatening the US city of Colorado Springs doubled in size overnight. Traffic and smoke choked the streets as people hurried to evacuate the city and the nearby US Air Forc...

Flooding in Staffordshire prompts 200 fire service calls

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  • June 28, 2012
Flooding caused by heavy rain in Staffordshire has prompted an "unprecedented number" of calls to the county's fire and rescue service. The service said areas that are significantly affected include Brewood, Penkridge, Rugeley and Cannock. Dean Steve...

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