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Call for NIFRS chairman to resign

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  • April 24, 2013
Members of the Public Accounts Committee have called for the resignation of the chairman of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS). The SDLP's John Dallat called for "a further deep-dive investigation" into the affairs of NIFRS and said...

Gloucestershire disaster simulation for emergency crews

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  • April 24, 2013
A "tragedy on a massive scale" has been simulated in Gloucestershire as a training exercise for emergency crews. Search-and-rescue teams, on both land and water, responded to a fabricated mid-air collision between two aircraft at the Cotswold Water P...

MP calls for rethink on Taunton fire service cuts

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  • April 24, 2013
A Somerset MP is urging the local fire authority to rethink plans to cut firefighters at Taunton Fire Station. Taunton Deane Lib Dem Jeremy Browne is concerned that Devon and Somerset Fire Authority wants to reduce its two full-time fire crews at the...

Man 'critical' after Abingdon care home fire

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  • April 24, 2013
A man is in a critical condition after he was rescued from a fire at a care home in Oxfordshire. The 48-year-old was rescued from The Knowl on Stert Street, Abingdon, after the blaze broke out at about 04:15 BST. He was treated at the scene for burns...

Dozens of homes destroyed in Chile forest fire

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  • April 24, 2013
A fire in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso, north west of the capital Santiago has forced the evacuation of 150 families. The blaze has destroyed at least 60 homes and devastated around 60 hectares (148 acres) of land. This is the second major fir...

Horwich recycling plant blaze tackled by 40 firefighters

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  • April 24, 2013
A blaze at a waste recycling plant in Bolton has been brought under control by up to 50 firefighters. Residents were told to keep their windows and doors shut because of smoke from the Armstrongs plant in Horwich. Crews were called to the plant on Ch...

Bexhill sheltered housing fire: Eight residents rescued

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  • April 24, 2013
Eight people were rescued from a smoke-filled sheltered housing complex in Bexhill after fire broke out. They were led to safety by fire crews after the fire was discovered on the second floor of Thalia House, in London Road, just after 07:20 BST. Am...

Fire crews save trapped woman and 10 Chihuahuas

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  • April 24, 2013
A 26-year-old woman and her 10 Chihuahuas have been saved by firefighters after they were trapped in a burning house near Doncaster. The woman was rescued from an upstairs window before fire crews searched the building to find the animals. A spokespe...

Fire leaves Godwin's furniture shop at risk of collapse

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  • April 24, 2013
A blaze at a Stockton furniture shop has left it at risk of collapsing and caused the road it is on to be closed. The fire at Godwin's Furniture and Bed Centre on Norton Road destroyed the property - three three-story buildings which had been knocked...

Fire in roof of Buckland St Mary Primary School

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  • April 24, 2013
A fire has broken out in the roof of a small village primary school. The blaze at Buckland St Mary Church of England Primary School, near Chard, Somerset, started at around 19:50 BST on Tuesday. A spokeswoman for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Se...

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