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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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Fire service ditching outdated image in major diversity drive

The fire and rescue service is shaking off its outdated image in a major drive to change the public's perception of firefighters, a new report outlines today.

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'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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LGA unveils vision for fire and rescue services with focus on workforce

Unveiled this morning at the LGA’s Fire Conference in Gateshead, the LGA’s Fire Vision 2024 calls for 30 per cent of new recruits to be women by the middle of the next decade. Currently only 5 per cent of firefighters are women.

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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 inspection of fire and rescue services

Cllr Ian Stephens, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Fire Services Management Committee, responds to the second tranche of a national report on fire and rescue services by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services.

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LGA: Fire and rescue services have a key role to play in responding to the climate change emergency

A new report for fire and rescue services to help them respond to the climate emergency at a local level has been published by the Local Government Association today.

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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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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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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