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  1. McDonald's has apologised after firefighters tackling a blaze at a branch of discount retailer B&M were denied free refreshments. Crews spent Saturday night bringing a huge fire, which left the building at York's Clifton Moor retail park "a burnt-out shell", under control. It later emerged two members of the public had paid for drinks out of their own pockets when none were provided. McDonald's has said free drinks "should have been provided on the night". A number of firefighters reportedly approached the branch, close to the B&M store, while taking a break from combating the blaze. They are said to have asked if the restaurant could provide free drinks, on account of crews not carrying cash while attending a call-out, but were refused. 'Small recognition' Several firefighters used Facebook to thank "a lady and a young man" who bought them refreshments. Steve Brown, a crew manager at North Yorkshire Fire Service, wrote: "I was one of the firefighters there last night, thank you to the lady and young man who brought us the teas and coffees, really appreciated." Phil Lee also expressed thanks, writing that the teas and coffees "couldn't have come at a better time. Many thanks from all the lads". A McDonald's spokesperson said: "On this occasion, we would like to apologise to the firefighters who bravely tackled last night's fire. "They should have been provided with free refreshments on the night as a small recognition for their efforts. "McDonald's will of course be happy to reimburse the member of public involved." The company would be in touch with the local fire and rescue service, it added. North Yorkshire Fire Service has been contacted for a comment. Crews remain at the scene of Saturday's blaze, and an investigation into its cause is due to begin, said North Yorkshire Fire Service. A spokesman said the flames had been brought under control but firefighters continued damping down the remnants. He confirmed the fire had been contained within the store and there had been "no immediate concern for adjacent buildings". At the height of the blaze, which broke out just before 16:30 BST when the store was still open, local residents were advised to stay indoors and close their windows. BBC reporter Phil Bodmer, who was at the scene, described seeing "dozens of fire crews" and hearing "large bangs... coming from inside" the building. Plumes of smoke could be seen "for miles", he added, and the "whole building" appeared to be alight. Returning to the scene on Sunday, he said the store was a "burnt-out shell" which remained smouldering despite heavy rain. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-45853429 Something I’ve never really thought about - not carrying cash with them on shouts! Pretty mean to refuse drinks to emergency services, especially ones working in such hot conditions!
  2. The building served as Manchester's central fire station for 80 years http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/former-police-officers-firefighters-invited-12455011
  3. Apologies bit late in posting this, but great family day out tomorrow in SURREY. Just a quick heads up all that the Annual Brooklands Emergency Services day, Weybridge, SURREY will be 2nd May this year. It's the Bank Holiday Monday.The day comprises of lots of vehicles from the emergency services, both past and present. For an idea of what the day is like check out this video from previous event: http://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/index.php?/events/details/emergency-services-day4/ Hope to see you all there (in a civi capacity this year)
  4. Full article at http://m.herefordtimes.com/news/14191657.PCSOs_to_be_trained_as_retained_firefighters/
  5. http://www.shropshirelive.com/2015/11/05/rail-crash-training-exercise-takes-place-near-bridgnorth/
  6. Fire chiefs could run English police forces under plans http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34224491
  7. A lollipop man has been suspended after claims he stopped a fire engine on its way to a 999 call. An eyewitness said firefighters had to physically remove the man from a crossing outside a school in Luton, as he continued to help children cross. The fire engine was on its way to an out of control bonfire on St Ethelbert Avenue, at about 15:30 BST on 13 April. Luton Borough Council said it has requested CCTV footage from the fire service. Jacqui Brittain said she saw the fire engine coming down her road, with its lights on, from her bedroom window. 'Like a car crash' She said he continued to help one group of children from William Austin Junior School cross the road but to her surprise then started a second crossing. "He just continued to cross them," she said. "He came out into the middle of the road and was ushering them across the road. "Four of five fireman got out of the vehicle and escorted him off the road. "It was like watching a car crash." A spokesman for the council said the man would be suspended while an investigation into the incident was carried out. "It is vital that emergency services are able to reach their destinations quickly and freely and we have begun an immediate investigation in line with council procedures," he said. Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said the lollipop man ushered "children and their parents across the road several times in front of the fire appliance". A spokesman said: "A firefighter spoke to the crossing guard and moved the remaining pedestrians out of the road before assisting other vehicle drivers to clear a path so we could continue to the incident." Edit: link http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-32421392 Depending on the exact circumstance, it seams like a small power trip. I also can't understand pedistrains actually crossing lollipop man or not.
  8. Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service saw an increase in absence between July and September last year   MORE firefighters are taking time off sick – and hundreds of days are being lost due to anxiety and depression, says Nottinghamshire’s assistant chief fire officer.   Craig Parkin said he was concerned about the trend and believed pressures caused by public-sector cuts were “creating anxiety”.   Absence across the fire service rose by more than 75 days, excluding retained staff, on the previous quarter. From July 1 2014 to September 30 last year, 967 days were lost to long-term sickness – 28 days or more. And 68.7 per cent of firefighter absences were classed as long-term.   Across the entire workforce 495 days were lost to musculo-skeletal conditions and 250 to anxiety and depression. “In comparison to other industries in the public and private sector we are doing reasonably well,” Mr Parkin told fire and rescue authority’s human resources committee yesterday morning.   “We’re concerned that last time the quarter went up on the previous year.“These are incidents where firefighters are sustaining injuries responding to incidents – some of them aren’t but a lot of them are. There are also occurrences of anxiety and depression. “It is the long-term sickness absence that are spiking the figures.   After the meeting, he added: “With some of the musculo-skeletal injuries, we’ve put them in positions to save the public and they get injured themselves.”   “The public sector is downsizing – that creates anxiety as well. The trend is something we’re focused on and making sure it doesn’t go up.” The authority is now working to provide access to services to help reduce days absence. Committee chairman Councillor Michael Payne, deputy leader of Gedling Borough Council, said: “We’ve got processes in place that ensure officers are dealt with on a day-to-day basis. We’ve seen some really good management of sickness absence overall with some ups and downs.”   Alan Coates, secretary of the Notts Fire Brigades Union said: “Long-term sickness is a trend you can’t beat. It’s mostly down to long-term injuries because it’s a demanding job. We’ve had threats of redundancy and stress levels are very high. It’s not the fire authority or management’s fault – they’ve got to play the cards they have got, which are cuts to front-line services.”   http://www.nottinghampost.com/Concerns-rising-days-Notts-Service/story-25950548-detail/story.html    
  9. KopiteDW


    Thought I'd start this thread for recruitment in the future or current for Wholetime Firefighters in the UK. Merseyside just recruited for a very short period of time with notice. London Fire Brigade are gearing up for some future recruitment campaigns in the new year, however its rumored post code restricted to those living in London only. West Midlands FRS hinted at possible recruitment a few months ago but nothing since. Lancashire have 30 vacancies but whether they fill them or not is something else. My local FRS Humberside are not looking to recruit for 10+ years, probably privatised or fully retained by then anyway. Just a little bit of recruitment info that I felt sharing for anyone looking at becoming a FF.

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