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More than 10% of UK firefighters 'not fit enough'

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  • September 20, 2013
More than one in 10 firefighters failed to reach a recommended fitness standard in the past year, the BBC has found. Results in Scotland were worse than the UK average, with only a third of staff in Strathclyde meeting the standard. A Freedom of Info...

Eddie Maher: Fugitive thief's £129k pension pot seized

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  • September 20, 2013
A fugitive thief who escaped justice for nearly 20 years after driving off in a security van containing £1.17m is to have his £129,000 pension seized. Eddie Maher was jailed for five years in March after being arrested on firearms offences in the U...

Alert over Hove pupils 'exposed to chemical fumes'

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  • September 20, 2013
Twenty-one students are reported to be suffering from the effects of being exposed to chemical fumes after an incident at a school. Emergency crews were called to Hove's Cardinal Newman School earlier. Sussex Police said pupils were being taken to ho...

Cwmbran house fire investigation after two hurt

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  • September 20, 2013
Two people needed hospital treatment for smoke inhalation following a house fire. The cause of the fire at Coed Eva, Cwmbran, is being investigated, said Gwent Police. Three crews from south Wales fire service rescued three dogs trapped in the proper...

Chinese lanterns face Birmingham parks ban

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  • September 20, 2013
Chinese lanterns could be banned from parks in Birmingham under plans being discussed. It follows a fire at a waste recycling plant in Smethwick in June, thought to have been caused by a lantern. About 200 firefighters tackled the blaze, described by...

John Gordon and Sons sawmill in Nairn badly damaged by blaze

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  • September 20, 2013
A sawmill in Nairn has been badly damaged by fire. The blaze broke out at John Gordon and Sons sawmill on Balblair Road at 18:45 on Thursday. No-one was injured. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said 30% of the building was damaged by the fire, a...

Strike firefighters respond to non-domestic 999 calls only

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  • September 20, 2013
Firefighters in Northamptonshire will not respond to automatic alarms at commercial or non-domestic premises during a four-hour strike next week. The strike called by the Fire Brigades Union will take place between 12:00 BST and 16:00 BST on 25 Septe...

Southampton University lab experiment sparks chemical alert

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  • September 20, 2013
An overnight experiment at a University of Southampton laboratory has triggered a major emergency response. Fire crews, specialist appliances and a hazardous materials team were called to the laboratory in University Road just after 06:00 BST. Hampsh...

Man dies in Gillingham flat fire

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  • September 20, 2013
A man has died in a fire at a flat above a shop in Gillingham. Fire crews were called after smoke was seen coming from the building in James Street in the early hours of Friday, Kent Fire and Rescue Service said. Firefighters used breathing apparatus...

Office staff evacuated after Isle of Man fire

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  • September 20, 2013
Office staff have been evacuated from a building in the centre of Douglas after a fire broke out in the roof of a building on Prospect Hill in Douglas. A government spokesman said staff from Nivison House on Hill Street have been sent home and the of...

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