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Council commits to fire safety plans for blocks of flats
Council chiefs in Barnet have reaffirmed their commitment to fire safety in large blocks of flats after a spate of fires over the last 12 months prompted fears over the safety of residents. A report revealed that there had been 18 individual fires in the last 12 months, with causes ra...
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Hotel owner guilty of fire safety offences
The part-owner of a hotel in Paignton, Torquay, has been handed fines totalling £11,500 after admitting to four breaches of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Fire protection officers visited the Summerhill Hotel, of which defendant Mr Peter Wilks was a business part...
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FBU says decommissioned fire engines could have saved mans life
The Fire Brigades Union has urged London Mayor Boris Johnson to scrap plans to cut fire services in the capital after the death of an 86 year old man in a blaze in Barnsbury.  London Fire Brigade firefighters took eight minutes 56 seconds to arrive at the scene of the fire, which...
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Landlord prosecuted for fire safety breaches after fatal fire
A landlord in Bolton, Lancashire, has been handed a fine of £1,500 at Bolton Magistrates Court after a fire at one of his properties resulted in the death of a 49 year old father of two. Following the blaze, fire inspectors and the local council visited the property and discover...
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Care home criticised over fire safety
A care home in Crickdale, Wiltshire, has been rated as inadequate and placed into special measures by the Care Quality Commission, after an inspection found a number of failings including fire safety breaches. CQC inspectors were particularly concerned over potential fire risks when t...
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FBU warns against privatisation of fire services
The Fire Brigades Union has warned about the dangers of turning to the private sector, following an agreement between Cambridge Fire and Rescue Authority and Serco to cover firefighter shortages.  The service in Cambridgeshire has experienced severe staff shortages, which the FBU ...
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PCSOs in Devon to train as retained firefighters
Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in Devon will train as retained firefighters in a bid by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service to reduce costs and improve public safety. PCSOs will carry pagers and respond to fire calls whilst they are on duty as part of the trial, whic...
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Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to scale back cuts plans
More than 200 firefighters still face job losses at despite Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service scaling back its original cuts plans following a public consultation. The original plans involved scrapping 300 posts in a bid to save £5 million per annum. However, this will now be re...
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MPs warn fire services must be protected
MPs have warned that further cuts to the fire and rescue service could impact upon their future sustainability, according to a new report from the cross-party Public Accounts Committee.   The report states that whilst fire services had coped with cuts well since 2010, that not en...
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City council calls for mandatory sprinkler systems
Canterbury City Council is to lobby Government for new laws to mandate timber-framed housing developments be fitted with sprinkler systems.   This follows a devastating blaze in the city last year, which wrecked 15 homes and left a further 29 badly damaged as the fire spread rapi...
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