Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue says it will no longer use the children's TV character as a mascot as Sam doesn't reflect a modern service.Read the full story ›
West Midlands Fire Service have shared a video from firefighters to a four-year-old girl who didn't think she could be a firefighter.Read the full story ›
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service say they have received 120 emergency calls in just two hours as heavy rain has caused flooding in the region.
They have warned people to only dial 999 in an emergency as there is a "high volume" of weather-related calls.
A spokesman said: "Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service's (GMFRS) control operators are receiving a high volume of weather-related calls this evening (Monday) and we ask that people only dial 999 in an emergency.
"In a two hour period (4pm to 6pm) 120 emergency calls were made by people - mostly reporting flooding and weather-related issues."
Police forces could be lead by fire chiefs with no crime-fighting experience in a government effort to boost collaboration between services.Read the full story ›
The Fire Brigades Union has said Theresa May's plans to overhaul fire and rescue services "threaten to damage" public trust in firefighters.Read the full story ›
Two people were taken to hospital after a suspected gas explosion blew up a house in Buckinghamshire on Sunday.Read the full story ›
Firefighters provide a first-class standard of service 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, and these strikes will remind government just how reliant they are on our members’ professionalism, commitment and flexibility.
However, there should be no need for industrial action, and it’s absurd that firefighters’ concerns over pensions have not been addressed already.
The government must stop claiming they are negotiating when they have refused to talk for two months and insist on forcing through proposals that are unaffordable, unworkable and unfair.
By simply conceding common sense and allowing firefighters a fair deal, the government could end this industrial action today.
The Fire Brigades Union has confirmed that strikes will take place between:
- 7pm and midnight on Tuesday 24th December
- 6.30pm on Tuesday 31st December and 12.30am on Wednesday 1st January
- 6.30am and 8.30am on Friday 3rd January
Firefighters in England and Wales will stage fresh strikes on Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve and January 3 in their long-running row with the Government over pensions, the Fire Brigades Union announced today.
A planned five-hour strike tomorrow by firefighters in England and Wales has been called off after progress in talks over pensions, said the Fire Brigades Union.