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Humberside fire service cuts plans out for consultation
Plans to slash fire crews and stations in Humberside in a bid to save £1 million in the 2016/17 budget have gone out for public consultation. But fire authority said that a 70% cut in government funding had forced the exploration of changes to the way the service operates.  ...
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North East fire crews to deal with medical emergencies
Fire services in the North East will work with the local ambulance service to respond to medical emergencies, in a trial similar to other initiatives launched across the UK. Firefighters will be equipped with a medical kit and asked to attend incidents such as people suffering from card...
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Staffordshire fire service facing further budget cuts
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is facing cuts to its funding via Government Revenue Support Grants ‘at a faster rate than expected’. The service will receive £1.47 million less in funding this financial year, with further cuts, totalling nearly £5 millio...
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Home Office to assume control of fire and rescue policy
Responsibility for Fire and Rescue policy will transfer from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to the Home Office later this year. The changes will mean that: Ministerial responsibility for Fire will transfer immediately to Mike Penning, Minister of State at...
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Safety concerns raised over false alarms
A councillor from Bournemouth has raised concerns about the safety of local residents after it was revealed fire crews attended a local suburb 280 times in the last year. Of these call outs, 152 were due to false alarms, leading to a warning from Cllr Stanley-Watts that the residen...
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'Stupid and dangerous'
The proposal by the Home Secretary, Teresa May, to put fire services in England under the control of regional Police and Crime Commissioners, has sparked a furious response from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), which has described it as ‘stupid and dangerous’. The Home Offic...
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False alarms cost Scottish fire service £1 million
The fire service in Angus, Scotland, has wasted nearly £1 million over the last six months in attending false alarm calls. Between March and September firefighters from Scotland Fire and Rescue Service attended 544 unnecessary callouts, with an average cost of £2000 per time...
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Number of fires in Scotland falls
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) says that the number of fires fell in 2014-15 by 11%, continuing the general downward trend of the past 10 years.   The latest figures report 25,002 fires in Scotland, down from 27,979 in 2013-14.  However, there were 41 fire ...
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Landlord reprimanded over safety failings
A landlord from Sealand has been charged with several offences after a property under his ownership was found to have had a number of fire safety breaches. Mr John Russell Brown, the owner of Hyperion Investments Ltd which owns the building, admitted to 12 offences under the Housing A...
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Part 3 of The Fire (Scotland) Act reviewed
A review into Part 3 of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 has been carried out by the Scottish Regulatory Review Group. The review follows on from initial concerns raised about sections relating to the implementation of the new fire safety regime in small businesses. The review took in evi...
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