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04 Nov 2011

Named and Shamed

Waterloo, London Shell International Ltd was fined £300,000 and order to pay £45,000 costs after pleading guilty to serious breaches of the RRO.  The London Fire Brigade prosecuted Shell following two small fires in the space of three weeks in January 2007 at the Shell Centre on York Road.  An inspection was then carried out […]

20 Apr 2011

First in the country to stop sending fire engines

06 Apr 2011 Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has become the first in the country to stop sending fire engines to investigate automatic fire alarms (AFA). Instead, a safety officer will be sent to investigate AFAs in a bid to cut down on the number of unwanted fire signals, which can significantly drain resources, as […]

20 Apr 2011

Guilty of Fire Safety Breaches, fined £11,000.

The manager of a care home near Manchester has been found guilty of multiple fire safety breaches. Karen Sykes, who operated the Altrincham-based Oldfield Bank Residential Care Home, was been ordered to pay £500 and a victim surcharge of £15 on March 18th in Manchester Crown Court. According to The Messenger newspaper, the charges were […]

27 Nov 2010

Disasters are a fact of life…

Fire is the biggest risk to your paper documents, thieves are not interested. 30% of all businesses that have a major fire go out of business within a year. 70% fail within five years. If you run a business, even a small one from home, UK law requires you must keep critical documents, including invoices […]

19 Nov 2010

Customer feedback results

Thanks to everyone who took part in our customer survey last month. You spoke, we listened. We have paid very close attention to your input, what you told us we do well and where you would like us to improve. We achieved a Net Promoter Score (NPS*) of 77%, a result we are very proud […]

13 Nov 2010

£50k fine, due to fire safety breaches

A store described as a “death trap” has been handed a fine of more than £50,000. The Poundstretcher branch in Castleford’s Carlton Street was penalised £51,500 for seven breaches of the Fire Safety Order 2005, and was also ordered to pay costs of £3,499. According to Judge Reid, Poundstretcher had not made the premises safe […]

05 Nov 2010

Fire Brigades Union called off Bonfire Night strike action

Following negotiations between the Brigade and the FBU today the union has agreed to call off the strike action that was planned for the Bonfire Night weekend and agreed to attend a meeting of the Resolution Advisory Panel, an independently-chaired body that can make recommendations to resolve the dispute. “This is a sensible move,” said […]

01 Nov 2010

London fire brigade to go on strike on Bonfire day

As you may be aware, The London Fire Brigade are striking as a result of a dispute over working hours.  They have confirmed strike action on Monday 1st November, as well as a possible 47 hour walk-out beginning on Friday 5th November.  The risks that bonfires and fireworks pose make this Bonfire Night strike an […]

01 Nov 2010

Homeless fire couple claim London Fire Brigade bosses let them down

An Enfield family left combing through ashes for personal possessions after their home was gutted in a fire said the Emergency fire cover organised by the LFB let them down. Roula and Dougie Spanos of Birkbeck Road said the efforts of the fire fighters employed by the private company were “appalling and ludicrous.” This was […]

24 Sep 2010

London firefighters threaten industrial action

All employers are urged to review their fire risk assessments and fire training in light of the following which could significantly impact on business: London fire-fighters could down their tools in the near future following the Fire Brigades Union’s revelation that members overwhelmingly backed industrial action. The union has issued a notice to London Fire […]

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