Government needs to reform Fire Service “as a matter of urgency”

It’s a pleasure to be back writing my FIRE magazine column and I hope you all had a happy festive period. I know many of you were working over Christmas to keep us safe instead of celebrating with your own families, and I thank you for that.

At the beginning of a new year, I find it helpful to reflect on the previous 12 months. It hasn’t been the easiest time for the fire and rescue sector. Last summer’s unprecedented heatwaves posed a huge challenge across the country, while recent news headlines about culture and misogyny made grave reading. The ongoing pay dispute and threats of industrial action have deeply affected many firefighters and staff.

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