Category Archives: Firefighting

Firefighters Forced To Withdraw From Incident In Hyde After Coming Under Attack By A Group Of 40 Youths

Mindless yobs on Bolton Street targeted crews in Oldham after earlier being attacked at around 7.15 pm yesterday. The latest attack came as the firefighters were trying to put out a fire that was started in some charity bins. A group of youths began launching fireworks at them. In a tweet, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said:  “You won’t

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‘Grenfell Tower; Systematic Failure’ | Written By A Fire Officer Who Was There

Steve Dudeney, a former London Fire Brigade Borough Commander who was on scene at the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, has spoken of his experiences of that fateful night on the eve of the publication of a report that has criticised the actions of the London Fire Brigade.  The former senior officer – who has since retired from the Brigade -speaks

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Calling All 999 Call Handlers (Past and Present)

Are you a call handler for the Police, Ambulance, Fire & Rescue Service or Coastguard? Or were you once-upon-a-time an emergency services call handler? Emma Jones, a Producer from a TV Company called Electric Ray, is looking to speak to as many people as possible to try to fully understand the role of a call handler and the process a

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Jason Donovan Surprises Firefighters At Notting Hill Fire

Firefighters are always prepared for the unexpected but seeing Jason Donovan in his underpants tackling a fire was certainly a surprise for London Fire Brigades Kensington crew. The Brigade was called at 04:09 hours on Sunday, 22 September to a fire on Chepstow Villas in Notting Hill.  Watch Manager Thomas Wolfe said: “The fire was located in the side passage

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Shocking Statistics Reveal 346 Attacks On LAS Staff, 5606 Attacks On Met Officers And 91 Attacks On The LFB In The Last Year

Figures released today show the scale of the verbal and physical violence directed at emergency services staff in the Capital.  So far this year, 346 physical attacks have been recorded against ambulance crews in the Capital – around ten a week.  There were 499 cases of threats and verbal abuse aimed at medics and 999 and 111-call handlers over the

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Three Off-Duty Firefighters Save The Life Of A Man Who Slipped Beneath The Waves On A Cornwall Beach

Firefighter Kel Watson-Finch and his wife, Firefighter Laura Watson-Finch, both serving with the London Fire Brigade, were enjoying a well-earned holiday in Cornwall. Kel is based at Hainault Fire Station while Laura is based at Romford Fire Station. Also in the same area enjoying some time off, was Firefighter Shaun Bishop from Kingston Fire Station who was away with his

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Heartfelt Tributes Paid To FF Josh Gardener Who Tragically Died During A Training Exercise

Tributes have been paid to Firefighter Josh Gardener, from the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, who was tragically killed during a training exercise on Tuesday 17th September.  In a tribute published on a ‘GoFundMe’ page that has been set up for the Firefighters family, a close friend of Josh said: “This page was created in Memory of

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Firefighter Dies In Boat Crash During Training Exercise

A firefighter has died after two boats collided during a training exercise in a marina. The 35-year-old, who worked for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, died after the crash in Neyland Marina, Pembrokeshire, at about 11:30 BST yesterday (17th September). Dyfed-Powys Police said his family have been informed and were being supported by officers. A spokesperson for

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WATCH: Firefighters Tackle Huge Blaze In Manor Park

The London Fire Brigade confirmed that ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters attended a fire at a tyre workshop on High Street North in Manor Park on Tuesday evening (13th August) The single-storey unit was entirely destroyed by the fire that raged for over an hour.  Several gas cylinders exploded due to the heat. Approximately 15 people were evacuated from neighbouring

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Firefighters Prepare For Gruelling Bike Ride To Raise Money For Charity

A group of firefighters are cycling almost 1,000 miles to support two charities close to their hearts. The cyclists from New Cross Fire Station are taking on the Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity and Macmillan Cancer Support on 1 September. It will take eight days as they cover 980 miles travelling from

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