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13th July 2015
Welcome to July’s edition of The Burning Issue. I hope you’re all enjoying the sporadic days of sunshine typical of the great British summer.
This Issue we take a look at the brave Firefighters who flew to Nepal to help the locals affected by the worst Earthquake the country has seen since 1934.
Parts of Nepal were completely devastated, the earthquake killed more than 8,800 people and injured more than 23,000. Since their return firefighters have been raising money for the people of Nepal whose houses were completely destroyed.
Bryn the rescue dog is retiring after his extraordinary work in Nepal with handler Steve. His story is featured on page 18. We wish him a long and happy retirement filled with squeaky toys and dog treats! He’s certainly earned it.
UK Worker of The Year are calling upon the fire sector to enter this year’s competition. This year’s winner will have the luxury of being able to choose between a Kawasaki Ninja 300 and holiday vouchers up to the value of £5,000. This year’s winner will also have the chance to win £100K cash at Brands Hatch at the final British Superbike meeting in October, should he/she predict the top six riders placing of the final BSB race. Good luck!
This edition of The Burning Issue Humberside Fire and Rescue Service are collaborating with Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on a project to help raise awareness of Prostate cancer. And in a strange twist of fate, whilst putting together this issue, the European Firefighters Unions Alliance are calling on the European Union to introduce tough new smoke toxicity regulations for construction materials, funding for further studies into the issue of fire fighters and work-related cancer and extra resources to improve health training for fire fighters; after studies have shown a high correlation of firefighters with cancer of the respiratory, digestive and urinary systems. You can read all about the plight of European firefighters affected with occupational cancer on page six.
Page 21 is all about the retirement of two exceptionally cute and hardworking fire detectives Saxon and Inca. Between them they have attended over 500 incidents and secured the convictions of many criminals.
We also have an article from London Fire Brigade that many of us in the office had a good giggle at. Check it out on page 19 and marvel at the weird and wonderful predicaments the public get themselves into.
We have our usual round up of news, charity and technology. If you have anything to add please do get in touch at Editor@TheBurningIssue.co.uk
Happy New Year from all of us here at The Burning Issue, here’s hoping 2015 brings a positive resolution to the strikes that have been prevalent in 2014.
This Issue we have coverage of the pension row and Ricky Matthews, the Firefighter and union official caught in-between Buckinghamshire Fire service and the FBU. Ricky was fired from Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue after taking strike action between 31 October and the 4 of November.
Senior Fire Officer Martyn Long has made history by becoming the first member of Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue to reach 50 years of service. He was honoured with a landmark long service medal by Chief Officer John Bonney.
South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) has been awarded the ‘White Ribbon’ accreditation from the White Ribbon campaign; making it the first Fire and Rescue Service in the UK and in the world to achieve this status. The accreditation highlights the Service’s commitment to reducing and preventing domestic abuse across the South Wales area.
And Heliguy explain why drones are the future of firefighting and a safer, surprisingly cost effective solution.
All the best for 2015! I wish you all health, happiness and nice, quiet shifts!
The fire at the Manchester dog’s home touched the hearts of many, although a senseless and incomprehensible crime, it is times like this where the rest of humanity really shines.
The generosity of the public is matched only by the bravery of those who risked their lives to save the dogs trapped inside. People flocked to the scene to offer generous donations to the home, to lend a helping hand, to try in some way to make this situation bearable for the traumatised staff and dogs.
If you would like to donate or find out how you can help Manchester Dogs Home please visit www.dogshome.net
Women in the Fire Service (who were our cover stars a few issues ago) hosted a successful National Training and Development weekend in June. The focus for the event was 'Empowering through development, moving forward together' and was very well received by all who attended. If you are thinking of attending the next weekend, you can find an overview of the weekend’s activities and what the ladies who did attend took away from the experience.
WFS are also looking for volunteers to facilitate future workshops, if you can help, contact Karen Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
This Issue is chockfull of all the wonderful things you do as individuals and as part of the Fire Service. It’s heartening to read month after month about all the excellent work you do for the public and the money you raise for fantastic and worthy charities. With this in mind, The winners of The Spirit of Fire Awards 2014 have been announced. The awards honour members of the fire community and members of the public by recognising acts of bravery and dedication to The Fire Fighters Charity— you can read all the winners extraordinary stories on pages 24-26.
Are you a runner? Would you like to raise money for a fantastic charity and experience the trip of a lifetime? Operation Florian are running the New York Marathon this year, and they need you!
In 2013 the Operation Florian team had the unique opportunity to join FDNY’s entourage in a blue light escort to the race start line, and an invitation to join FDNY’s after marathon celebrations. FDNY also treated the team to a visit to The Rock and the FDNY Training Academy on Randall’s Island. Read the full story on Page 7 complete with details on applying for this unique opportunity.
I hope you’re enjoying summer and wherever you are there’s sunshine!
This issue, the spotlight is on the ladies in the fire service. Earlier this year Becci Bryant was appointed as the first female operational Executive Director/Deputy Chief Executive of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue. Congratulations on your new role Becci.
Women in the Fire Service UK are featured on page 12. They are an excellent organisation committed to the training and support of Women in the service. Their next training and development weekend takes place at the Fire Service College from the 13-15 June. For more information on the organisation email email@example.com or visit www.nwfs.net
Since the last edition of The Burning Issue went to print, Britain has suffered the worst flooding in decades. Fire fighters from all over the country worked tirelessly with towns, villages and cities; drafting in high powered pumps and offering their resources and man power to help. You can read how Kent and Somerset dealt with the disaster on pages 19 and 22.
Sprinklers have been at the forefront of many campaigns recently, with some positive changes occurring across the country, installations in new builds and care homes taking place. A review in legislation is still desperately needed however. The report on the cost of warehouse fires on page 14 states that 996 jobs are lost annually to Warehouse Fires, an unnecessary number that can be prevented.