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Firefighters to stage fresh strikes over pensions row

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  • April 25, 2014
Firefighters in England and Wales are to stage strikes on 2, 3 and 4 May over a long-running pensions row, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has said. A statement on the FBU's website accused the government of "burying its head in the sand". The union h...

Firefighters among seven hurt in Forres silo explosion

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  • April 25, 2014
Seven people - including firefighters - have been injured after a fire and explosion at an industrial estate in Moray. Emergency services were called to the incident involving a wood dust storage silo at James Jones and sons sawmill in Forres. One pe...

Leicester woman's 'shock' as 'e-cig explodes' in car

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  • April 25, 2014
A Leicester woman claims her e-cigarette and car charger adapter exploded while it was recharging, creating a "two-foot flame". Kim Taylor, from the Aylestone area, believes the fire started because she used a different make of adapter. She said ther...

M25 in Hertfordshire closed by lorry fire

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  • April 25, 2014
The M25 in Hertfordshire is blocked in both directions after an articulated lorry caught fire on the anti-clockwise carriageway, police said. The blaze started just after midday between junctions 22 for the A1081 and 21A for the A405 near St Albans. ...

Leicester fire deaths was 'revenge attack' on wrong house

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  • April 25, 2014
A fire which killed four members of the same family was a revenge attack on the wrong house, a jury has heard. Seven men and a youth have gone on trial accused of setting fire to a house in Leicester on 13 September. They are charged with the murder ...

Fire brigade worried about London's 'hidden homes'

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  • April 25, 2014
Thousands of people in London are living in hidden homes - often in disturbing conditions - because they cannot afford to live elsewhere. The BBC has found people paying to live in shop storerooms, above car repair garages, on industrial estates and ...

Discarded cigarette caused fatal fire in Milton bungalow

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  • April 25, 2014
A bungalow fire which killed a 76-year-old woman in Staffordshire was caused by a discarded cigarette, firefighters have revealed. Crews were called to Mauveen Bowyer's bungalow in Barratt Gardens, Milton, at about 11:00 BST on Friday. She was rescue...

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue 'does not have flood plan'

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  • April 25, 2014
A fire brigade in Somerset does not have a written emergency plan to deal with flooding, a union has claimed. Large parts of the Somerset Levels spent much of the winter under water after the South West of England was battered by high winds and heavy...

MSPs hear Inverness and Aberdeen control room concerns

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  • April 25, 2014
MSPs have heard concerns about moves to close emergency control rooms in Inverness and Aberdeen. Campaigners Jody Curtis and Laura Ross told the petitions committee that shutting the centres would lead to the loss of local knowledge. They said some l...

Welsh control rooms to merge and move

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  • April 25, 2014
Three south Wales emergency control rooms are to be based at one site under plans aimed at saving £1m per year. Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service are to merge their control rooms and relocate to the S...

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