UK Firefighters

Why We Are Campaigning To Shake Off The Outdated Term 'Firemen'

Dany Cotton | Posted 17.10.2017 | UK
Dany Cotton

Why should I and women firefighters across the country still have to see us being referred to as men in every newspaper, television advert, classroom and even official documents. Sometimes people say fireman to my face and when I politely correct them they usually sheepishly agree that it's an outdated term... I want to shake off outdated language which we know is stopping young girls and women from considering this rewarding and professional career.

Cambridgeshire Firefighters Don Their Uniforms For The Funniest (And Most Informative) LFW Catwalk

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 16.09.2017 | UK Style

A team of catwalking firefighters has brought us the most unexpected show of London Fashion Week. Designers often weave a message for their audience ...

Grenfell Inquiry Terms Of Reference - A Bitter Disappointment

Matt Wrack | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK
Matt Wrack

The social, economic and political matters that formed the backdrop to this horrific event cannot be ignored or written out of the story. To do so would be to exacerbate the crime against the victims.

London Right Now - A Reel Challenge

Gabriella Apicella | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK
Gabriella Apicella

My compulsion to write this blog post is with the hope that "London Right Now" may restore your faith in the resilience, determination and strength of the human spirit. Our ability to communicate is the source of our humanity, and this raw tribute to survivors and victims of abhorrent inequality is vital. Right now.

'No Cover Up' On Grenfell Tower, Firefighters Demand Of Public Inquiry

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK

Firefighters have demanded there isn’t a “cover up” in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster following the blaze which left at least 79 people...

Black Firefighter 'Abused' By Police Calls Racism A 'Disease' Within The Force

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK

A black firefighter who claims he was violently attacked and shot with a taser by police officers has claimed racism is “a disease” within the Met...

Not Since the Luftwaffe Has the London Fire Brigade Been Under Such Strain

Paul Embery | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Politics
Paul Embery

The Tory government doesn't care about the fire and rescue service. If it did, it wouldn't have slashed 7,000 frontline firefighter posts, closed around 40 fire stations and scrapped scores of fire engines since 2010. The last recorded year saw a reduction of 1,200 in the number of firefighters - the biggest drop in a single year in the history of the modern fire and rescue service.

Give PCSOs Fire and Medical Training to Bolster Frontline Services

Tony Arbour | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Politics
Tony Arbour

PCSOs should be given fire safety and first-response medical training to act as an additional front line for all three of London's emergency services. Additional training could enable London's 1,667 community officers to perform CPR or other medical treatment on a patient when they are first on scene.

Dizzying GoPro Footage Captures Heroic Firefighter Battling Blaze In Family Home

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK

A ferocious blaze that broke out in a family home in California has been extinguished by a team of GoPro-wearing firefighters. The intense video s...

Profit Before People: Over 200 Firefighters Condemn Government Cuts in Open Letter to Voters

Rob McDowall | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Politics
Rob McDowall

Nearly 250 firefighters have signed an open letter to voters to highlight the significant challenges and pressure they have faced under the coalition government programme of relentless public sector cuts and how these cuts have put lives at risk.

Firefighters' Fury: If the Government Can Lie to Its Own Backbenchers, What Hope for the Rest of Us?

Matt Wrack | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Politics
Matt Wrack

We have clearly won the argument in this dispute time and time again - including debates in the House of Commons. It is the utter refusal of Cameron's government to listen to the arguments or take account of the evidence which has made this such a long and bitter industrial dispute.

Why Firefighters Are on Strike

Matt Wrack | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK Politics
Matt Wrack

We have been patient, we have always been willing to negotiate and we have always acted with complete integrity - as the public would expect from firefighters. This government may praise us when we respond to major fire and rescue incidents, such as the fires at Didcot power station and Eastbourne Pier, but their actions demonstrate utter contempt for firefighters and the work they do.

Firefighters In Brazil Use A Very Interesting Method To Prevent Suicide

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A recent World Health Organisation report has revealed that the suicide rate in Brazil has increased dramatically in the past 10 years. For this r...

Three 9/11 Firefighters Die Of Cancer In One Day

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK

Three retired firefighters who worked at ground zero have died on the same day from cancer, an illness that many fear might be connected to toxic Worl...

Some Firefighters Have Created A Magic Carpet. Kind Of.

Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Tech

Hands down the best non-lifesaving use of firefighter hose ever. These Russian chaps have managed to turn six hoses and what looks like a mini tram...

Firefighters Have To Perform Unusual Rescue

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK

Firefighters tackled an unusual rescue when they pulled a cow out of a swimming pool. The animal, which was not distressed, had fallen into the poo...

'Racist' Ukip Councillor Quits After Controversial Remarks

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Politics

Ukip county councillor Peter Lagoda has quit after an independent review found that controversial remarks he made during a fire station visit were "ra...

Ukip Cllr's Fire Station Remarks Were Racist, Review Finds

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Politics

Ukip county councillor Peter Lagoda's controversial remarks at a Cambridgeshire fire station were "racist, derogatory and discriminatory," an independ...

Student Gets Stuck Down Drain Trying To Find Her Phone, Rescued By Firemen

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A student was wedged in a rather awkward position after getting stuck down a drain in Dover trying to fish out her phone - with her feet. Firefight...

Ukip Councillor Admits To £25k Benefit Fraud After 'Racist Language' Furore

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Politics

Ukip councillor Peter Lagoda has admitted to fiddling nearly £25,000 through benefits fraud just days after coming under pressure to be booted out of...

Ukip Under Pressure To Kick Out Councillor Over 'W*g' Outrage

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Politics

Ukip is under mounting pressure to kick Cambridgeshire councillor Peter Lagoda out of the party and remove the whip from him outright for his "deeply ...

Asa Bennett

Ukip Disowns Councillor Over 'Disturbing Racist Language' | Asa Bennett | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics

Ukip has been forced to distance itself from local councillor Peter Lagoda over "disturbing" remarks he made during an impromptu visit to a fire stati...

Firefighter Funeral & Honours For Hero Eight-Year-Old Who Died Saving Six Relatives From Blaze

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK

An eight-year-old boy who died in a blaze saving six of his relatives will be honoured with a firefighter funeral. Tyler Doohan was found in the b...

Firefighters Come to the Rescue During Floods

Matt Wrack | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
Matt Wrack

Millions will have watched with sympathy and alarm as devastating floods hit large parts of the UK over the last few weeks. Our screens have been filled with footage of 'rescue workers' working tirelessly for days on end to keep communities safe and reduce damage to property. However, what's rarely acknowledged is that most of these rescue workers are actually firefighters.

The Left Should Not Hitch Its Wagons to the Duggan Crusade

Paul Embery | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Embery

Defending the Mark Duggans of this world does nothing to advance the fight against poverty, injustice, low pay, privatisation, racism, inequality and war. Duggan was no Steve Biko, and it ill-behoves us to present him as a victim of racist state oppression.