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Fire service cuts criticised by FBU
The Fire Brigades Union has attacked claims that cuts to Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service will not affect frontline services. This follows news from last month that the local fire authority had agreed £2.6m worth of cuts over the next four years, following a 24 per cent cut in ...
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Luton landlords fined over safety offences
Three men responsible for the management of an office block in Luton have been handed hefty fines after the property, which was converted into accommodation, was found to have a number of fire safety hazards. Luton Today reports that inspectors from the local council visited the p...
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Cornwall landlord fined £2000 over unsafe property
A landlord from Redruth, Cornwall, has been handed a £2000 fine after inspectors from the local council found a number of fire safety hazards. Mr Mohammed Habibur Rahman pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to comply with the requirements of improvement notices at Truro Magist...
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Hertfordshire firefighters to attend medical emergencies
Firefighters from Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service will respond to medical emergencies, such as patients suffering from cardiac arrest, as part of a new trial. The fire service will work with East of England Ambulance Service, which will asses whether a fire engine could get to t...
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Nottingham businessman imprisoned for fire safety breaches
A Nottinghamshire businessman has been handed an immediate custodial sentence and ordered to pay £15,000 in fines and £14,000 in costs over fire safety breaches at a local restaurant. Mr Gia Kamali admitted six breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Saftey) Order 2005 at N...
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How does the International Space Station deal with fire safety?
British astronaut Tim Peake, who is currently on a mission at the International Space Station, has explained how to safely respond to a fire in deep outer space. Mr Peake was speaking via a Facebook question and answer session directly from the space station. He explained that there h...
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Bakery cuts false alarm costs after working with local fire service
A bakery in Cornwall has worked with the local fire service to re-evaluate its alarm systems to prevent costly false alarm callouts. Cratock Bakery, which is famous for making Cornish pasties, teamed up with the local council and Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service to discover and preven...
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Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service to explore charging for false alarm callouts
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service could start charging businesses for false alarm callouts as part of new plans on the way the service is run. The fire service is under pressure to change the way it delivers services due to cuts in funding, with the local council likely to have to ...
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Residents forced out of city centre apartments over fire safety concerns
Residents of a Manchester city centre housing development have been forced to move out of their homes over concerns over fireproofing in the properties. The Manchester Evening News reports that residents of Islington Wharf Mews will have to leave their properties, which many only boug...
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100 firefighting jobs to go in Merseyside as part of cost cutting plans
100 firefighting roles are to be axed at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service after the service revealed its budget has been cut by around half. The cuts leave an £11 million shortfall in the service budget, requiring 100 positions, around one fifth of the 494 workforce, to g...
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