Category Archives: Firefighting

COVID-19: Firefighters To Deliver Food And Medicines, Drive Ambulances, And Retrieve Bodies

Firefighters will be able to deliver food and medicines, drive ambulances, and retrieve dead bodies during the coronavirus outbreak in an unprecedented agreement between the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), fire chiefs, and Fire and Rescue Employers. For the first time, all three stakeholder groups have agreed on a joint national approach to the crisis.  As of 26th March, 578 people

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CPS Warns That ‘Coronavirus Coughs’ Aimed At EMERGENCY WORKERS/NHS STAFF WILL Be Charged As Assault

Anyone using coronavirus to threaten emergency/NHS and essential workers faces serious criminal charges, the Director of Public Prosecutions has warned today. The much-welcomed CPS intervention comes after reports in recent days of police, shop workers and vulnerable groups being deliberately coughed at by people claiming to have the deadly disease. Such behaviour is against the law and assaults specifically against

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Fire Service ‘Appalled’ After Responding To Fires Which Were ‘Deliberately Started’

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service has said that it is ‘appalled’ after firefighters responded to several fires which had been deliberately started.  In a tweet, a spokesperson for the service said: “Appalled doesn’t quite cover it! Our firefighters were called to repeat deliberate fires last night.  “Bin fires, rubbish fires, scrub fires, you name it, they dealt with it.

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McDonald’s Offers Free Food & Drink For NHS & Emergency Services Personnel Before Closing

McDonald’s has tweeted to say that it will be offering free food and drink to emergency services and NHS personnel hours before the chain of fast-food restaurants shut for the foreseeable future.  All UK and NI restaurants will be closing today at 19:00 hours at the latest.  In a tweet published yesterday evening, a spokesperson for the chain said: “We

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Firefighters Attacked By Vandals While En-Route To 999 Call

Firefighters in the Middlesborough area had a lucky escape last night after one of their appliances was damaged by mindless vandals who targetted two fire service vehicles as they responded to a 999 call. As the appliance that was targetted was travelling relatively slow at the time of being attacked, the object thrown at the windscreen did not shatter it.

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NHS & Emergency Services Discounts: Who Is Offering What During The COVID-19 Pandemic?

Over the past few weeks, we have seen dozens of companies coming forward to offer NHS and emergency services personnel various discounts and freebies.  So we have created this article which will be a ‘working document’ and will be updated as-and-when we are made aware of similar offers/discounts for emergency services/NHS personnel.  If you own/manage a business that would like

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Full List Of Official ‘Key Workers’ Released By Government

The Department for Education has just released its official list of “key workers” whose offspring will be prioritised for schooling during the widespread closures which have been put into place to stop the spread of COVID-19.  Schools around the country have been asked to carry on providing care for children as the majority of schools close as from Monday 23rd

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M&S Announce Specific Opening Times For NHS & Emergency Workers

M&S has announced that it will be opening its stores at specific times just for NHS and emergency services personnel.  The news comes at a time when NHS and emergency service workers are struggling to buy essential every-day items owing to the on-going irrational ‘panic buying’ that has swept across the country Despite there not be any reason to, shoppers

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We MUST Start Doing More To Protect Our NHS & First Responders From COVID-19 | Editors Blog

While I understand the Government’s decision not to test everyone suspected of having COVID-19, I would urge the Government to ensure that first responders and NHS staff are routinely tested for the virus. Police officers, paramedics, firefighters, doctors, nurses, HCAs, radiographers, sonographers etc. are all repeatedly being exposed to people who might have the virus. But we cannot merely tell

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Veteran Welcomed Back To The Fire Station He Served At 70 Years Ago

A Veteran has enjoyed a trip down memory lane during a special visit to one of the Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue stations that he served at more than seventy years ago.  George Simms, who is 96-years-old, visited Whitehill Community Fire Station yesterday (Monday 24th February) where he ended his fire service career back in 1973.  To mark the special

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