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Fire Brigades Union: PCC control of fire service plans 'half-baked'

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  • December 21, 2015
The Fire Brigades Union has criticised plans to allow fire and rescue services in England to be overseen by police and crime commissioners as "half-baked". General Secretary Matt Wrack told BBC Breakfast that there was "very little evidence, no resea...

Plans for PCCs to oversee fire services 'dangerous'

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  • December 21, 2015
Plans to allow fire and rescue services in England to be overseen by police and crime commissioners have been called "dangerous" by the Fire Brigades Union. The Home Office is due to take control of fire and rescue policy in 2016, with the government...

Soho Cirque Le Soir nightclub fire: Firefighters tackle blaze

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  • December 21, 2015
More than 50 firefighters have tackled a blaze at a Soho nightclub. The fire started at the "A list" Cirque Le Soir venue on London's Ganton Street, just off Carnaby Street at about 04:55 GMT. Station manager Nic Myatt said: "No-one was inside at the...

Life sentence for Swindon house fire murderer

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  • December 21, 2015
A woman has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering a man by setting a house on fire and locking him inside. Michael Redpath, 62, was pulled from the house in Albion Street, Swindon, but died in hospital from burns and the effects of breathing...

Two die in Roxton marina site caravan fire

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  • December 21, 2015
Two people died in a caravan fire near a marina in the early hours of the morning. Firefighters were called to a boatyard at Kelpie Marina, Great North Road, Roxton, Bedfordshire at 01:00 GMT. Three fire crews dealt with the blaze and made safe two g...

Star Wars-themed fire safety messages released online

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  • December 21, 2015
The new Star Wars movie has inspired the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service's (SFRS) latest online safety message. Drawing on the film's famous droid R2-D2 and Death Star, the service hopes to bring people's attention to the use of smoke alarms in thei...

Woman convicted of Swindon house fire murder

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  • December 21, 2015
A woman has been found guilty of murdering a man by setting a house on fire and locking him inside. Michael Redpath, 62, was pulled from the burning property in Albion Street, Swindon, but died in hospital as a result of smoke inhalation and burn inj...

Star Wars screening in Oxford evacuated after fire alarm goes off

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  • December 21, 2015
Hundreds of fans, some in fancy dress, were evacuated from a midnight screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens after a fire alarm went off. Cinemagoers said the screen went black and there was "loud noise" at the showing of the much-anticipated film...

Rescue team eyes Melrose fire station base

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  • December 21, 2015
Plans have been unveiled for a mountain rescue team to move its base into a former fire station in the Borders. The Melrose site has been empty for a number of years after the decision was taken to provide cover from Galashiels. Tweed Valley Mountain...

Man's body found after house fire near Caernarfon

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  • December 21, 2015
Firefighters have found a man's body at the scene of a house fire in Gwynedd. North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said two crews responded to reports of a fire at a property in Penrallt, Saron, near Caernarfon, at 16:50 GMT on Tuesday. They found the...

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