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'Councils cannot afford to carry out work on high rises' - LGA latest on fire safety tests

Councils with a combination of ACM cladding and insulation on their high-rise blocks have already taken steps and put in measures to reassure residents about safety.

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Coronavirus: Fire service to assist with antigen testing, transportation of NHS outpatients to appointments

Following the unprecedented Agreement reached on 26 March between the Fire Service National Employers, National Fire Chiefs Council and Fire Brigades Union, it has today been agreed to add a further three areas of work to reflect the scale of the national crisis and the urgency of the response required. Firefighters will be able to: Assist in taking samples for COVID-19 antigen testing Drive ambulance transport not on blue-lights (excluding known COVID-19 patients) to outpatient appointments or to receive urgent care Provide driving Instruction by FRS driver trainers to deliver training

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Coronavirus: firefighters to deliver food and medicine, drive ambulances and retrieve bodies

For the first time, all three stakeholder groups have agreed a joint national approach to the crisis. The fire service organisations say that the measures in the agreement reflect the scale of the national crisis and the urgency of the response required. Under the agreement, firefighters will be able to:  Deliver essential items like food and medicines to vulnerable people Drive ambulances and assist ambulance staff Retrieve dead bodies, should the outbreak cause mass casualties Firefighters will continue responding to core emergencies, such as fires and road traffic collisions

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Fire service ditching outdated image in major diversity drive

The fire and rescue service is shaking off its outdated image in a major drive to change the public's perception of firefighters, a new report outlines today.

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HCLG Committee cladding report – LGA statement

"The LGA shares the Committee’s view that three years after the Grenfell Tower fire, the remediation of dangerous buildings is proceeding too slowly. Social landlords have been quick to address the issue, but progress in the private sector has been unacceptably slow."

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LGA launches equality and diversity memorandum of understanding for the fire service

"Fire and rescue services help and protect people from all walks of life and they should better reflect the diversity of the communities they serve."

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LGA responds to cladding funding announcement

Lord Porter, Chairman of the Local Government Association, responds to the announcement that the Government will pay for the replacement of flammable cladding on private tower blocks.

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LGA responds to Fire Safety Bill

“The LGA has been calling for councils and fire services to be given effective powers and meaningful sanctions to ensure residents are safe – and feel safe - in their homes."

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LGA responds to Government's Fire Reform White Paper

"The LGA is pleased to see the publication of the long-awaited white paper, it’s especially positive that government has not said it will make mandatory changes to fire governance, and is consulting on a range of governance models for fire and rescue services."

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LGA responds to HMICFRS State of Fire report

Cllr Ian Stephens, Chair of the LGA’s Fire Services Management Committee responds to the Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire Services Management Committee State of Fire report.