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Firefighters challenging increase in deaths at work

Issue No. 2125

Firefighters across the country are building for a lobby of parliament on Wednesday 12 November to campaign for significant improvements to training, safety and staffing for the fire service.

Between 1980 and 1999 the number of firefighter deaths at work declined steadily – yet this figure has risen sharply in recent years.

Now the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is demanding action to stop the upwards trend.

The 12 November lobby will also oppose plans to merge 46 fire control rooms across England into eight regional centres.

The lobby assembles at 11am outside Central Hall Westminster, Storey’s Gate, London SW1.

Firefighters in Tayside have moved closer to taking action over plans by the fire authority to scrap 16 firefighter posts at Balmossie fire station in the east of Dundee.

Tayside FBU has filed a trade dispute with Tayside Fire & Rescue Authority. The union will begin a ballot for industrial action short of a strike from Monday of next week if it does not receive a satisfactory response.

Jim Malone, brigade secretary of Tayside FBU, says the move follows the refusal of fire service managers to accept an independent third party resolution of the matter.

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Tue 28 Oct 2008, 18:37 GMT
Issue No. 2125
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