Grenfell Tower fire: ‘Systemic failures’ in fire brigade’s response

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has been condemned for “serious shortcomings” and systemic failures in its response to the Grenfell Tower fire, in a report after the first phase of an inquiry. Fewer people would have died in the 2017 Read More …

Manchester fire service lacks training to react to armed terror attack, says inspector’s report

The inability of Greater Manchester Fire Rescue Service (GMFRS) to deploy officers in the event of some terror attacks has been highlighted in a new report into standards in the nation’s fire services. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire Read More …

Egypt train station fire: At least 20 dead and dozens injured following blaze

At least 20 people have been killed and 40 people have been injured in a fire at a railway station in Cairo, according to state media. The head of Cairo Railroad hospital, Mohammed Said, who previously confirmed 10 deaths said Read More …

Police investigating after consulates and embassies in Melbourne and Canberra receive suspicious packages

Footage showed emergency services workers attended the US, Greek, French, Italian, Indian, New Zealand, Pakistani, Spanish, South Korean and Swiss consulates in Melbourne. They also attended an incident at the South Melbourne building where the Consulate General of Turkey is Read More …

Salford chemical incident: Residents told to keep windows and doors shut as firefighters battle ammonia leak overnight

Fire crews have spent the night battling a chemical leak in Salford. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service declared a hazmat incident at a cash and carry in Langley Road South, following an ammonia leak. A number of roads around Read More …

Attacks on firefighters soar by 25% in a year as government cuts bite, union warns

Attacks on firefighters have soared by a quarter in the last year after the “demolition” of projects aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour, a union has warned. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said there were 933 incidents involving an attack on Read More …

Dr Chris Busby: Police become unwell at chemical weapons expert’s Devon home

A chemical weapons expert has been arrested after police started feeling ill while visiting his Devon home. Dr Chris Busby, 73, has been detained under the explosives act after officers at his Bideford home on Wednesday morning felt unwell. Devon Read More …

Fire crews kept half a mile from Manchester bomb for two hours amid confusion over ‘gunman on loose’

Confusion over whether a gunman was on the loose after the Manchester Arena bombing meant specialist firefighters were not sent to the scene for more than two hours, a report has found. The fire service was left effectively “outside of Read More …

UK emergency services get major mobile upgrade

The UK’s emergency services are set to benefit from a major upgrade in their communications network. The Home Office has revealed that it has contracted Samsung to supply and upgrade the smartphones and all other accessories used by the police, fire, ambulance Read More …