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LANDMARK VICTORY FOR THE FBU -

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Effective political lobbying -

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

2012 – FURTHER YOUGOV ONLINE SURVEY – FBU MEMBERS’ ATTITUDE TO PENSION CHANGES -

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Lobby of Parliament – 7 November: Stop the cuts in our fire service -

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

March to defend Firefighter Pensions, Pay & Jobs -

Monday, September 10, 2012

FBU mass demonstration October 20th 2012 -

Monday, July 23, 2012

Hampshire – All members circular -

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Workers Memorial Day -

Thursday, April 5, 2012

DeHavilland Report – Fire Brigades Union Monday, 26 March 2012 -

Monday, March 26, 2012

HANTS FBU MASS MEETING – PENSIONS -

Friday, February 24, 2012

Fire Authority Fail Berkshire Residents -

Thursday, February 16, 2012

FBU SAYS PENSIONS PROPOSALS ARE “UNACCEPTABLE”, MOVE TO CONSULT FIRE CREWS AND RECOMMEND RAPID MOVE TO PREPARE A NATIONAL STRIKE BALLOT -

Friday, February 10, 2012

Executive Council statement: pension proposals -

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Firefighters Demand Senior Officers Come Clean On Axing Bucks Emergency 999 Fire Control -

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Emergency Services: A Literature Review on Occupational Safety and Health Risks -

Monday, November 21, 2011

Exercise Watermark flood report – FBU reaction -

Monday, October 31, 2011

Privatisation of London fire training and of the fire control centre would compromise safety and bring high financial risks -

Monday, October 24, 2011

Prescott should take the blame for FiReControl failure, not firefighters -

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

DeHavilland Report – Fire Brigades Union Monday, 26 March 2012

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Scotland

Scottish Parliament debates Remploy (United Kingdom Government Response)

Thu, 22 March 2012 | Scottish Parliament – Debate

…Last week, I started a campaign, backed by Community, the GMB and the Fire Brigades Union, for the Scottish Government to take one simple step to secure the future of Remploy factories in Scotland. The campaign asks the Scottish Government to commit to procuring new police and fire unifor…

 

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Political Party Press Releases

TUSC – Prominent construction activist Mick Dooley stands for Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition in the London elections

Tue, 20 March 2012 | Political Party Press Release

…ay 21 March 7.15pm at the Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue London WC2H 8EP. The main speakers will be Bob Crow, general secretary rail union RMT; Matt Wrack, general secretary FBU; Alex Gordon, president RMT & TUSC candidate; Ian Leahair, FBU national executive & TUSC candidate; April Ashley, Unison national executive & TUSC candidate in a personal…
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Non-governmental and International Organisation Press Releases

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) – Leading trade unionists prepare to stand in the London elections against the policies of pay cuts for working people and tax cuts for the rich

Mon, 19 March 2012 | Campaign Organisation Press Release

…ay 21 March 7.15pm at the Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue London WC2H 8EP. The main speakers will be Bob Crow, general secretary rail union RMT; Matt Wrack, general secretary FBU; Alex Gordon, president RMT & TUSC candidate; Ian Leahair, FBU national executive & TUSC candidate; April Ashley, Unison national executive & TUSC candidate in a personal…
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Fire Services

 

Central Government and Agencies

 

DCLG – Securing the future of the Fire Service College

Thu, 22 March 2012 | Departmental Press Release

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Fire and Rescue Minister Bob Neill has today announced the next steps in securing the future of the Fire Service College. Following a successful pre-market engagement exercise, the Fire Service College will be sold to a private sector company to continue operating as a training centre.

To ensure best value for money for hard-pressed taxpayers and enable the College to continue in its role a number of conditions will be imposed on the proposed sale. These include commitments that not only will the College be preserved as a national training college for the Fire and Rescue Service but that it will continue to offer wider national resilience and emergency services training and exercises.

Bob Neill said:

“The Fire Service College is an asset of national importance, with a world-class reputation and it is vital that we secure its future.

“My decision means that the private sector will be able to bring innovation and investment to the College, benefiting taxpayers, local residents, the Fire and Rescue Service and, ultimately, strengthening national resilience.

“I know there is real excitement about this opportunity out there in the market and I look forward to seeing some strong bids when the process opens.”

Notes to editors

1. The Fire Service College is a trading fund and executive agency of the Department for Communities and Local Government. Since becoming a trading fund in 1992, it has never been able to pay a dividend out of operating profits. This situation cannot persist and the Government’s response to Fire Futures on 12 April 2011 concluded that the College could achieve its full potential only if there was greater involvement from other sectors in its ownership, operation and governance.

2. The Future Options project considered four options for the future of the College:

· The status quo: the College remains as a trading fund of the Department

· A Government Owned Contractor Operated model: the assets remain under Government ownership but management of the College is taken over by a private sector company under a long term contract, together with the staff

· Disposal as a going concern: the College is sold to a private sector company who would continue to operate the College as a training centre

· Closure: the College’s activities cease, staff are made redundant and the site is sold for an alternative use.

Analysis of the four options showed disposal as a going concern to be the best option. It is the only option which both fully removes from Government the ongoing financial risks of ownership of the College and preserves a national training college for the Fire and Rescue Service.

3. A pre-market engagement exercise has been conducted to invite the views of external partners and to assess the level of private sector interest in the College. There has been real interest in this solution and we expect the College to go to market in early April 2012.

 

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DCLG – Lose some sleep but save a life this weekend – When you change your clock, test your smoke alarm

Tue, 20 March 2012 | Departmental Press Release

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The Fire Kills campaign is urging people to make a potentially life-saving move when they change their clocks on Sunday 25 March – by taking a moment to test their smoke alarm too.

Love it or loathe it, the twice-yearly clock change is a routine part of everyone’s lives. Losing that extra hour’s sleep on Sunday 25 March may not be appealing, but turning the clocks forward will already be on the ‘to-do’ list of nearly all UK households.

But while we all keep our clocks up-to-time and working, it’s shocking to realise that many people don’t bother to do the simplest of tests to ensure the safety of themselves and their loved ones from the danger of fire.

A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999. But just half of all householders who own a smoke alarm say that they test it to make sure it’s working on a regular basis.

You’re four times more likely to die in a fire if your smoke alarm is not working. So it’s clear that the simple act of testing your alarm should be a vital part of any household routine.

There were 31,477 accidental fires in the home in England last year, which resulted in 214 deaths and 6,526 injuries. The Fire Kills Campaign hopes that by adding this simple check to everyone’s clock-change routine, many more lives could be saved.

The Government’s Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser Sir Ken Knight said:

“Everyone soon notices when a clock stops ticking, but it’s not so easy to be sure that your smoke alarm is still in working order. Whether the battery is flat, has been removed for a kid’s toy or the connection is loose, everyone should take the time to test their smoke alarm – it doesn’t take long at all.

“You’re four times more likely to die in a fire without a working smoke alarm, but only half of people who own one say they take the time to check it regularly.

“We’re all losing sleep at the start of British Summer Time, but testing your smoke alarm could save you from losing a lot more. As you put your clocks forward over the weekend, take an extra moment to push the button – it could save your life.”

Chief Executive of The Fire Fighters Charity John Parry said:

“Our charity aims to make a positive difference by supporting people in the fire and rescue community when they are in need. We know just how hard the fire service works to prevent fires from starting in the first place, so we are urging people to heed the advice of their local fire fighters now that British Summer Time is upon us. When you put your clocks forward this March, please take an extra moment to push the button on your smoke alarm to make sure it’s working properly – it could save your life and that of your family.”

Listen out for radio and press adverts supporting the ‘When you change your clocks, Test your smoke alarm’ campaign. An online video has also been released showing a mantelpiece clock melting in the heat of a house fire – bringing home the harsh reality of the consequences of a fire in the home. Find it at: http://bit.ly/FKclock (external link).

Find out more on the Fire Kills Facebook page: www.facebook.com/firekills (external link).

If you have an elderly relative or are a carer for somebody less able to test their smoke alarm, why not offer to do it for them? It only takes a minute.

Help keep yourself and your loved ones safe in the home by following these simple steps:

· A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999. Make sure you fit one on every level of your home and test them regularly.

· Make testing your smoke alarm part of your household routine. Test the alarm by pressing the button regularly; change your battery once a year or invest in a 10-year alarm; and clean the alarm casing twice a year to ensure dust isn’t blocking the sensor.

· Whatever happens, never remove the battery in your smoke alarm.

· Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do in a fire and practise your escape route.

· For more information visit the Fire Kills campaign’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/firekills (external link).

If you want an extra nudge to test your smoke alarm regularly, try setting an automatic reminder. Safelincs, in partnership with Fire Kills, has created a free service that reminds you, by email or text, when it’s time to test your smoke alarm, change the battery or renew the unit. The service is completely free and can be cancelled at any time: www.safelincs.co.uk/reminders (external link).

Notes to editors

1. British Summer Time begins on the last Sunday in March. This year the clocks go forward at 1.00 am on 25 March, moving forward to 2.00 am across the UK.

2. There were 31,477 accidental fires in the home in England last year, which resulted in 214 deaths and 6,526 injuries. (Source: Fire Statistics Monitor: April 2010 to March 2011www.communities.gov.uk/publications/corporate/statistics/monitorq1q42011).

 

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House of Commons

Statements

 

Neill, Robert makes statement on Fire Service College

Thu, 22 March 2012 | House of Commons – Written Ministerial Statements

Summary

The following written statement was made in the House of Commons on 22 March 2012.

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Fire Service College

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Robert Neill): The Government’s response to Fire Futures on 12 April 2011 said that the college can achieve its full potential only if there is greater involvement from other sectors (whether private, public or voluntary) in its ownership, operation and governance and that we would

“explore with the sector and other organisations options to secure the future of the Fire Service College”.

Using evidence gained from the pre-market engagement to better inform our view of market appetite and taking into account the review commissioned by the Local Government Association, we concluded disposal as a going concern to the private sector was the best option to secure the future of the college.

The Fire Service College is a trading fund and Executive agency of the Department. Since becoming a trading fund in 1992, it has never been able to pay a dividend out of operating profits. This situation cannot persist and the Government’s response to Fire Futures on 12 April 2011 concluded that the college could achieve its full potential only if there was greater involvement from other sectors in its ownership, operation and governance.

With the college freed from the constraints of Government ownership, a private sector owner can bring innovation and investment to the college, benefiting taxpayers, local residents, the fire and rescue service and, ultimately, strengthening national resilience.

The Future Options project considered four options for the future of the college:

The status quo—The college remains as a trading fund of the Department.

A Government owned contractor operated model—The assets remain under Government ownership but management of the college is taken over by a private sector company under a long-term contract, together with the staff.

Disposal as a going concern—The college is sold to a private sector company who would continue to operate the college as a training centre.

Closure—The college’s activities cease, staff are made redundant and the site is sold for an alternative use.

Analysis of the four options showed disposal as a going concern to be the best option. It is the only option which both fully removes from Government the ongoing financial risks of ownership of the college and preserves a national training college for the fire and rescue service.

 

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House of Commons Questions

 

Brooke – Fire Services (Income Tax)

Thu, 22 March 2012 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will estimate the number of firefighters in each (a) region and (b) local authority area who will no longer pay income tax following the increase in the personal allowance to £8,105 in April 2012.[101545]

Robert Neill: My Department does not hold information on the pay of individual firefighters.

 

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Brooke – Income Tax (Firefighters and Local Government Staff)

Wed, 21 March 2012 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Annette Brooke: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the number of firefighters in each (a) region and (b) local authority area who will no longer be eligible to pay income tax once the income tax threshold is set at £10,000; [101228]
(2) if he will estimate the number of firefighters who benefited from the increase in the personal allowance of income tax in 2011-12; and if he will estimate the likely number of firefighters who will benefit from the increase in 2012-13; [101229]
(3) if he will estimate the number of local government staff in each (a) region and (b) local authority area who will no longer be eligible to pay income tax following the increase in the personal allowance in April 2012; [101230]
(4) if he will estimate the number of local government staff in each (a) region and (b) local authority area who will no longer be eligible to pay income tax once the income tax threshold is set at £10,000; [101231]
(5) if he will estimate the number of local government staff who benefited from the increase in the personal allowance of income tax in 2011-12; and if he will estimate the likely number of local government staff who will benefit from the increase in 2012-13.[101232]
Mr Gauke: The June 2010 Budget announced a £1,000 cash increase in the personal allowance for under 65s to £7,475 in 2011-1-2 (£820 above the previous Government’splans), with the benefits focused on individuals on low and middle incomes through accompanying changes to the basic rate limit and national insurance upper earnings and profit limits.The 2011 Budget announced a £630 cash increase in the personal allowance for under 65s to £8,105 in 2012-13 (£240 above indexation), with an equivalent reduction in the basic rate limit to leave the higher rate threshold unchanged.As a result of these measures, the Government estimate that 22.6 million basic rate taxpayers will benefit in 2011 -12, among which 830,000 of the lowest income taxpayers will be removed from tax altogether.In 2012-13 the Government estimate that 25 million taxpayers will benefit, among which 260,000 of the lowest income taxpayers will be removed from tax altogether.These estimates are based on the 2007-08 Survey of Personal Incomes, projected using economic assumptions consistent with the Office for Budget Responsibility’s March 2011 economic and fiscal outlook.The information requested is not available specifically for fire fighters or local government staff.The Government are committed to supporting lower and middle income earners by raising the personal allowance to £10,000, and removing the lowest income individuals out of income tax.
Decisions on future changes in the personal allowance will be taken as part of the annual Budget process in the context of the wider public finances.

 

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Burley – Schools (Fire Sprinklers)

Wed, 21 March 2012 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Mr Burley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations his Department has received on the mandatory installation of fire sprinklers in new school buildings.[100266]
Mr Gibb: The Department has not received any recent direct representations on the mandatory installation of fire sprinklers in new school buildings.
We have recently received a copy of a letter from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Services to the principal of Staffordshire University Academy and others about sprinklers.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools, my noble Friend Lord Hill of Oareford, will be responding in due course.
We did recently consult on proposals to revise the school premises regulations: included in this was a proposal to remove specific references to fire safety in schools, as such requirements are adequately covered in the Regulatory reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Around 14% of respondents objected to this proposal.

 

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Swales – Prisons (Arsons and assaults)

Tue, 20 March 2012 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Ian Swales: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases of (a) arson and (b) assault there were by prison establishment in each of the last 10 years.[100929]
Mr Blunt: The numbers of assault incidents by prison establishment are published in the annual Safety in Custody Statistics bulletin.
Available figures, covering the period up to 2010 are shown in the following table.
The figures for 2011 are due to be published in July 2012.Fire incidents are monitored and recorded locally in each prison.
This information is held on central systems but data on arson by establishment have not yet been compiled for reporting.
A new system for monitoring health and safety incidents, including those related to fire, was introduced in 2010.
This will improve the range of central reporting available.

Table 1: Assaults by prison
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
All prisons(1,2,3,4) 10,719 11,562 11,876 12,613 14,411 15,057 15,272 15,959 15,185 14,366
Acklington 37 52 42 37 43 81 74 63 102 85
Altcourse 202 218 213 239 243 235 280 198 242 321
Ashfield 514 561 341 395 680 761 753 748 475 526
Ashwell 16 9 11 15 17 14 20 20 12 11
Ask ham Grange 2
Aylesbury 85 56 41 28 96 100 93 120 165 244
Bedford 41 71 59 60 57 87 49 71 74 101
Belmarsh 211 144 130 110 89 75 47 42 68 60
Birmingham 151 151 165 224 203 200 189 172 160 154
Blantyre House
Blundeston 37 39 42 31 23 24 35 43 48 39
Brinsford 351 331 356 360 364 197 204 352 166 51
Bristol 142 165 113 149 126 129 89 109 90 86
Brixton 107 206 175 178 123 80 108 115 136 143
Bronzefield n/a n/a n/a 59 182 195 142 194 171 141
Buckley Hall 44 59 110 98 90 75 49 36 24 44
Bullingdon 59 83 63 52 78 70 92 110 106 128
Bullwood Hall 31 22 13 17 7 21
Bure n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 21
Canterbury 10 14 14 16 19 17 24 38 36 39
Cardiff 51 63 64 70 70 62 31 23 25 27
Castington 404 425 370 443 412 406 431 462 457 159
ChanningsWood 7 17 25 33 51 63 71 73 61 68
Chelmsford 123 86 79 109 107 159 54 54 180 210
Coldingley 8 18 9 23 21 18 33 24
Cookham Wood 15 11 27 13 7 20 120 138
Dartmoor 80 36 32 21 44 36 37 55 40 29
Deerbolt 147 165 173 234 199 174 194 222 244 257
Doncaster 98 120 67 102 127 194 160 213 484 165
Dorchester 7 11 17 13 29 27 42 34 36 35
Dovegate 17 76 105 158 104 125 99 60 69 141
Dover 56 14 29 15 14 28 79 77 52 45
Downview 26 12 24 60 35 24 20 28 21
Drake Hall 13 7 10 7 21 9 22 22
Durham 81 91 99 115 136 194 186 185 154 170
East Sutton Park
Eastwood Park 17 22 42 43 73 76 23 16 16 35
Edmunds Hill 56 52 34 40 29 26 38 46
Erlestoke 6 10 28 29 25 45 45 27 33
Everthorpe 10 12 7 22 52 80 83 70 71 68
Exeter 39 49 50 30 42 50 34 44 71 80
Featherstone 33 78 60 76 81 79 109 112 80 66
Feltham 466 549 674 751 698 596 544 648 713 772
Ford 8 27 22 10 10 13 6
Forest Bank 300 349 377 479 525 397 247 262 267 218
Foston Hall 23 46 37 34 40 51 56 23 31 20
Frankland 30 28 27 35 37 36 53 54 64 91
Full Sutton 35 16 34 40 57 63 61 72 64 61
Garth 37 45 34 32 66 74 74 111 95 61
Gartree 12 11 13 12 13 17
Glen Parva 254 268 275 273 300 387 422 510 594 394
Gloucester 61 68 53 68 54 72 55 69 83 56
Grendon/Springhill 6 7 6
Guys Marsh 61 45 47 54 47 72 90 85 69 66
Haslar 8 17 11 5
Haverigg 10 21 24 24 32 47 88 92 89 68
Hewell 208 322 323 286 245 220 270 190 154 159
High Down 87 148 151 178 143 206 185 258 180 156
Highpoint 171 179 105 113 90 104 103 110 117 93
Hindley 53 122 208 78 149 407 548 550 567 288
Hollesley Bay 293 200 49 1
Holloway 180 202 197 188 183 235 224 219 107 55
Holme House 76 85 110 89 116 123 145 114 130 133
Hull 119 102 123 198 201 147 175 109 132 112

 

Huntercombe 76 60 97 96 110 217 306 426 378 100
IOW: Albany 7 8 15 8 6 16 22
IOW: Camp Hill 37 55 80 60 66 61 67 87 53 70
IOW: Parkhurst 33 26 53 56 52 36 23 20 24 51
Isis n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 24
Kennet n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 7 27 41 29
Kingston 6 5
Kirkham
Kirklevington 2
Lancaster 19 14 11 8 12 13 22 16 10 8
Lancaster Farms 270 152 27 213 484 428 397 347 286 274
Latchmere House
Leeds 163 156 237 178 147 123 111 100 105 102
Leicester 76 89 72 60 50 70 41 50 64 60
Lewes 113 106 126 72 84 92 82 156 111 91
Leyhill 6 7 7 7 7 3
Lincoln 108 107 85 81 84 76 113 160 85 102
Lindholme 10 23 65 49 46 50 73 80 58 55
Littlehey 38 37 45 47 52 44 43 24 26 118
Liverpool 113 136 155 160 154 187 258 259 231 217
Long Lartin 14 24 22 21 54 52 58 39 40 54
Low Newton 93 126 135 121 93 92 86 102 70 63
Lowdham Grange 20 27 28 41 65 125 95 88 42 74
Maidstone 13 19 16 26 17 12 26 19 18 17
Manchester 176 262 289 262 222 241 209 219 233 175
Moorland 194 199 161 47 114 107 106 110 92 93
Moorland Open (Hatfield) 16 28 11 8 2
Morton Hall 6 12 14 19 12 20 13 9 20 18
Mount 18 24 38 24 67 65 66 99 93 62
New Hall 97 75 58 97 113 108 108 90 61 40
North Sea Camp 6 7 10 8
Northallerton 65 90 102 110 118 91 108 106 77 102
Norwich 158 156 154 29 39 59 15 7 83
Nottingham 55 76 83 108 93 80 133 115 110 140
Onley 507 591 607 176 187 187 243 237 190 137
Parc 133 229 297 294 303 295 374 445 444 396
Pentonville 245 244 261 224 267 220 216 281 281 08
Peterborough n/a n/a n/a n/a 180 370 338 295 282 340
Portland 78 97 84 172 194 170 234 193 172 160
Preston 44 35 89 87 103 109 151 166 147 129
Ranby 26 50 48 22 35 69 59 95 94 91
Reading 6 13 30 41 93 72 54 37 51 44
Risley 26 61 82 140 137 136 135 135 75 88
Rochester 62 38 67 120 102 113 80 173 223 246
Rye Hill 51 30 40 79 119 114 110 50 28 78
Send 13 6 9 19 14 9 17 12 18
Sheppey: Elmley 101 116 110 127 165 120 156 165 128 133
Sheppey: Standford Hill 6 7 6 1 11
Sheppey: Swaleside 53 64 44 45 42 52 61 71 77 68
Shepton Mallet 13 6 2
Shrewsbury 45 38 58 46 56 36 46 46 29 20
Stafford 19 23 38 52 74 61 90 72 71 89
Stocken 37 48 50 43 52 51 69 73 53 68
Stoke Heath 477 293 158 280 498 578 606 561 479 450
Styal 34 22 16 41 39 72 104 59 34 45
Sudbury 1
Swansea 8 15 24 20 24 36 20 29 29 29
Swinfen Hall 85 135 119 101 114 99 101 99 64 103
Thorn Cross 29 57 47 8 21 148 85 45 32 18
Usk\Prescoed 12 16 9
Verne 14 11 14 23 26 9 12 19 16 14
Wakefield 24 18 17 28 36 32 32 48 35 49
Wandsworth 135 135 130 163 166 107 133 96 127 145

 

Warren Hill 106 183 291 314 371 383 321 350
Wayland 20 33 76 61 63 58 69 76 68 81
Wealstun 15 11 16 7 12 31 30 56 33 53
Weare 25 59 63 61 27 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Wellingborough 9 14 20 14 47 63 40 90 129 101
Werrington 126 141 159 130 160 168 154 228 173 175
Wetherby 40 50 189 492 568 465 393 432 418 470
Whatton 10 6 12 28 33 27 13
Whitemoor 56 52 34 34 40 34 54 47 41 41
Winchester 32 59 80 73 59 45 31 32 60 65
Wolds 73 67 38 54 28 40 53 58 38 41
Woodhill 22 24 63 93 143 128 105 133 79 130
Wormwood Scrubs 96 127 135 205 203 213 209 192 160 208
Wymott 17 10 14 28 34 38 54 53
Escort areas 233 154 167 191 132 184 143 38 144 128
n/a = not applicable—prison not open ‘—’ indicates a figure less than six (1) Numbers less than six were not provided before 2009 so figures shown do not sum to the total.
Figures for 2009 have been revised.
(2) A new key performance indicator for serious assaults was introduced in 2003-04 and as a result reporting of all assault incidents improved.
Reported incidents before 2005 are therefore not directly comparable with later figures.
(3) As the numbers of assault incidents in each prison are relatively small, rises or falls from one year to the next are not a good indicator of underlying trends.
(4) This table should be read in conjunction with table 16 which outlines some of the major changes to prisons.
In addition to these changes some prisons may have opened new wings/ house blocks or closed others for refurbishment.
Such changes often explain large increases or decreases from one year to the next at a prison.
Data sources and quality: These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems.
Care is taken when processing and analysing the returns but the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.
Although the figures are shown to the last individual the figures may not be accurate to that level.

 

 

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Farron – Fire Services (income tax)

Tue, 20 March 2012 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will estimate the number of fire fighters in each (a) region and (b) local authority area who will no longer be eligible to pay income tax following the increase in their personal allowance in April 2012.[101094]

Robert Neill: My Department does not collect information on the pay of individual firefighters.

 

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Irranca-Davies – Emergency Calls

Mon, 19 March 2012 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average length of time was for an ambulance 999 response in rural areas in the latest period for which figures are available.[100449]

Mr Simon Burns: This information is not centrally collected.
The Department collects data on the response time performance of ambulance trusts in England.
The data are collected at ambulance trust level and do not distinguish between rural and urban areas.In January 2012, performance against the ‘A8′ target (75% of Category A immediately life-threatening calls should receive a response within eight minutes) was 77.9% in England.
Performance against the ‘A19′ target (95% of Category A patients requiring transport should receive this within 19 minutes of the request for transport being made) was 97.0% in England.

 

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Lavery – Prisons (Fires)

Mon, 19 March 2012 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Ian Lavery: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cell fires have been reported since 2010; and if he will list the prisons where the incidents took place.[100995]

Mr Blunt: From 1 January 2010 to the 29 February 2012 there have been 1,445 fires in prisons in England and Wales.(1) The following lists the prisons where the incidents took place.(1) These figures have been drawn from live administrative data systems which may be amended at any time.
Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.EstablishmentAcklingtonAlbanyAltcourseAshfieldAylesburyBedfordBelmarshBirminghamBlundestonBrinsfordBristolBrixtonBronzefieldBuckley HallBullingdonBull wood HallBureCamp HillCanterburyCardiffCastingtonChannings WoodColdingleyCookham WoodDeerboltDoncasterDorchesterDover ImmigrationDovegateDownviewDurhamEastwood ParkEdmunds HillElmleyErlestokeEverthorpeExeterFeatherstoneFelthamForest BankFoston HallFranklandFull SuttonGarthGartreeGlen ParvaGloucesterGrendonGuys MarshHaveriggHewellHighdownHighpointHindleyHollowayHolme HouseHullIsisKingstonLancaster FarmsLatchmere HouseLeedsLeicesterLewesLeyhillLincolnLindholmeLittleheyLiverpoolLong LartinLow NewtonLowdham GrangeMaidstoneManchesterMoorland (Closed)Morton HallNew HallNorthallertonNorwichNottinghamOnleyParcParkhurstPentonvillePeterboroughPeterborough (Female)PortlandPrestonRanbyReadingRisleyRochesterRye HillShrewsburyStaffordStandford HillStockenStoke HeathStyalSwalesideSwanseaSwinfen HallThe MountThe VerneWakefieldWandsworthWarren HillWaylandWealstunWellingboroughWellingtonWetherbyWhartonWhitemoorWinchesterWoodhillWormwood ScrubsWymottWolds

 

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Flint – Fire Services (flood control duty)

Mon, 19 March 2012 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make it his policy to impose on the fire and rescue services a statutory duty to assist with flooding.[100265]

Robert Neill: The Government expect shortly to reach a conclusion as to whether flood rescue needs to be explicitly a statutory duty of fire and rescue authorities.
We have recently discussed with partners our view that there needs to be flexibility to agree locally the most suitable approach to dealing with flooding, normally through the local resilience forum, rather than impose a statutory duty on only one of the many organisations that would respond to a flooding emergency.
This would reflect the principles that underpin the draft Fire and Rescue National Framework for England, consultation on which concludes today.

 

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Ellman – Fire Service (impact of reduction in finance)

Mon, 19 March 2012 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Mrs Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what impact assessment his Department carried out on the potentialeffects on fire and rescue services of planned reductions in years three and four of the spending review.[100702]

Robert Neill: We expect to announce the 2013-14 settlement for fire and rescue authorities at around the same time frame as usual.
Statutory consultation on the 2013-14 settlement will start around late-November/early-December.
Ministers will then take final decisions on the allocations and these will be announced in mid- to late-January.An assessment of the distributional impact on the level of spending power for each single purpose fire and rescue authority will be made in early 2013.I also refer the hon.
Member to my letter of 6 December 2010 to the hon.
Member for Derby North (Chris Williamson), a copy of which is available in the Library of the House, which outlines how fire and rescue authorities can make sensible savings without impacting on the quality and breadth of services offered to their communities.

 

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Ellwood – Fire Service finance (communication interoperability)

Mon, 19 March 2012 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding he has recently provided to fire and rescue services to improve communication interoperability; what outcomes he expects as a result of such funding; and if he will make a statement.[100498]

Robert Neill: I refer my hon.
Friend to my written ministerial statement of 1 March 2012, Official Report, column 37-39WS.

 

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Irranca-Davies – Fire Service response times (rural areas)

Mon, 19 March 2012 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average length of time was for a fire service 999 response in rural areas in the latest period for which figures are available.[100450]

Robert Neill: Response times are available for fire and rescue authority areas.
The latest period for which data are available is 2010-11.
These are shown in the following table for the 15 fire and rescue authority areas deemed to be predominantly rural by the official urban/rural classification.

Average response times to fires incidents in predominantly rural fire and rescue authority areas, 2010-11
Minutes
Dwellings
With persons(1) Without persons(1) Other buildings Road vehicles Other (outdoor)
Cambridgeshire 9.6 10.3 9.7 10.7 14.5
Cornwall 11.6 9.9 10.2 12.1 12.1
Cumbria 8.2 8.4 8.8 11.4 10.2
Devon and Somerset 9.1 93 10.3 11.1 11.8
Durham 7.8 7.9 8.5 9.7 10.0
Isle of Wight 6.8 9.5 7.8 8.8 10.4
Isles of Scilly 7.3 10.9
Lincolnshire 9.0 8.6 9.8 11.9 11.6
Norfolk 6.8 8.7 9.0 9.9 10.7
North Yorkshire 8.7 9.5 10.0 11.6 13.4
Northumberland 9.0 9.5 9.5 10.4 10.4
Oxfordshire 8.7 9.8 9.6 11.4 10.2
Shropshire 8.6 9.8 9.2 10.5 10.6
Suffolk 8.5 10.0 10.2 10.6 12.4
Wiltshire 8.9 10.1 10.5 11.3 11.6
(1) Dwelling fires are presented ‘with and without persons’ as requested.
‘With persons’ is where there were one or more casualties or rescues.
‘Without persons’ is where there was neither any casualty nor any person rescued.
Notes: 1 Response times are from time of emergency call to the time of arrival of the first pumping appliance.
2.
As per the established methodology, excludes fires where (i) there was heat and smoke damage only, (ii) the call was made after the fire was known to be extinguished, and (iii) in order to avoid erroneous data or exceptional incidents from skewing the averages, excludes where the response time calculated gives an hour or more.
3.
In order to be consistent with data available for periods prior to April 2009, incidents are restricted to ‘primary fires’—those involving (a) property excepting chimney fires and/or (b) casualties and/or (c) five or more pumping appliances.
This means that smaller outdoor fires are not included in the category ‘Other (Outdoor)’ fires.

 

 

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Non-governmental and International Organisation Press Releases

 

Local Government Association (LGA) – Public support outsourcing of key fire brigade services, according to new poll

Tue, 20 March 2012 | Campaign Organisation Press Release

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More than half of the public support the outsourcing of some key fire brigade services, including carrying out home safety checks and fitting smoke alarms, new research shows.

An opinion poll carried out for LGA ahead of its annual fire conference in Bournemouth today (Tuesday) found that while a majority of people thought it should always be the responsibility of firefighters to respond to emergency calls and attend incidents, they were happy to see some other fire service functions outsourced to other organisations.

According to the online survey of 1,785 people in England carried out last weekend:

79 per cent thought that other organisations and businesses could take on work done by fire authorities to work with young people to prevent anti-social behaviour and offending.

75 per cent said they would be happy to see fire service management and administration outsourced.

58 per cent said that home safety checks could be carried out by other businesses and organisations.

56 per cent said other businesses and organisations could take on the role of fitting smoke alarms in the community.

An overwhelming majority (92 per cent) thought the key role of putting out fires and responding to fires should always be carried out by firefighters.

Along with other public sector organisations, Fire and Rescue Authorities are having to make efficiencies and are looking for new ways to save money to maintain services.

Protecting the frontline by finding new approaches to fire authority functions will be on the agenda at the LGA’s two-day fire conference.

Cllr Brian Coleman, Chairman of the LGA’s Fire Services Management Committee, said:

“To keep protecting the millions of people who rely on us, while dealing with substantial cuts to our budgets, we must find new and bold ways of doing things.

“Asking for more money is not an option so we need to concentrate on getting the most out of every pound. This means everything needs to be on the table, including mergers of fire services, closer working with other emergency services and outsourcing some of the service we provide.

“These opinion poll findings prove that, as long as the support is there, the public don’t mind who it is that carries out safety checks on their home or comes round to fit a smoke alarm.

“Many fire authorities are already making huge strides at making savings while maintaining the standard of protection and level of support they provide to their local areas. Now is the time for radical change and fresh thinking to ensure that the public get the best protection and the best value for money.”

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS

1 ComRes surveyed 1,785 adults in England online between 9 and 11 March 2012. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all adults in England. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Data can be downloaded at: http://www.comres.co.uk

2 The Local Government Association Annual Fire Conference and Exhibition 2012 takes place on Tuesday 20 March and Wednesday 21 March at the Highcliff Marriott Hotel, St Michael’s Road, Westcliff, Bournemouth. Over two days, Fire Minister Bob Neill MP, fire authority chairmen and chief officers, top councillors and leading lights in the fire industry will come together to discuss key issues in the sector. The full agenda is available at: http://www.local.gov.uk/web/guest/events/-/journal_content/56/10161/16924/EVENT-TEMPLATE

 

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Other

 

DCLG – Fire and Rescue Service Operational Guidance – Incidents in Tunnels and Underground Structures

Fri, 23 March 2012 | Report Publication

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DCLG has published a report titled ‘Fire and Rescue Service Operational Guidance – Incidents in Tunnels and Underground Structures’ today.

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DCLG – Fire and Rescue Service Operational Guidance – Railway Incidents

Fri, 23 March 2012 | Report Publication

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DCLG has published a report titled ‘Fire and Rescue Service Operational Guidance – Railway Incidents’ today.

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Scotland

 

Thompson – Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service (Best-value Audit)

Thu, 22 March 2012 | Scottish Parliament – Oral Question

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Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service (Best-value Audit)

Dave Thompson (Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch) (SNP):

4. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it has taken to assist Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service following the recent Audit Scotland report, “Audit of Best Value: Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue”. (S4O-00842)

The Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs (Roseanna Cunningham): I have been taking a close interest in this issue, and I welcome the work of the peer support team and other services that are being offered to Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service. I understand that the service is already addressing issues that have been raised.

Dave Thompson: The important thing here is public safety. Will the minister do all that she can to help Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service to ensure safe coverage across the area until all fire stations are brought up to standard?

Roseanna Cunningham: It is the case that safety—of the community and of the officers in the service, whether they be full time, retained or volunteer—is paramount. The chief inspector, my officials and senior officers from other fire services are all in regular contact with the service to find out how it can best be helped. I spoke to the convener of the Highlands and Islands fire board not long ago.
Of course, this is primarily a matter for the board, but I am willing to consider any requests for further help that are made.

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Non-governmental and International Organisation Press Releases

 

Chief Fire Officers Association – CFOA applauds Notts gallantry awards

Fri, 23 March 2012 | Campaign Organisation Press Release

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Press Release

President of the Chief Fire Officers’ Association, Lee Howell was delighted to congratulate four Nottinghamshire firefighters who are to be awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal following an announcement made earlier today. Hearing the news, Lee Howell said, “On behalf of the Chief Fire Officers’ Association, I am enormously proud to offer our congratulations to Andrew Alexander, Sanjeev Mohla, Daniel Wareham and Matthew Willis in recognition of their immense courage and bravery. We all applaud the incredible selflessness they have shown.”

The four firefighters from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service work out of Stockhill Fire Station. As they were on their way to another incident in June 2010, a major gas explosion occurred at a house on their route. Despite the risk of further explosion the firefighters entered the property and rescued two critically injured adults.

Lee Howell added, “The actions of these firefighters are a credit to our profession and this incredible act of bravery and quick thinking deserves to be recognised in this way. I would like to join Frank Swann, Chief Fire Officer of Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service in commending this tremendous act of gallantry.”

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The Chief Fire Officers’ Association (CFOA)

CFOA is the professional voice of the UK fire and rescue service, supporting its members to fulfil their leadership role in protecting our local communities and making life safer through improved service delivery. CFOA provides professional advice to inform government policy and is committed to developing both strategic and technical guidance and sharing notable practice within the wider FRS.

Membership of the Association comprises almost all the senior management of fire and rescue services in the United Kingdom. CFOA is the driving force in managing change and implementing reforms in the service.

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