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The Commons Public Accounts Committee publishes its 50th Report of this Session which, on the basis of evidence from Department for Communities and Local Government (the Department) and representatives from the Fire and Rescue Service, examines the delivery and cancellation of the FiReControl project

Publishing the Government Response to its report on the Coastguard, Emergency Towing Vessels and the Maritime Incident Response Group, the Transport Committee repeats it concern about the minister's decision to cut public funding for emergency tugs

A statutory consultation on proposed changes to contribution rates made by firefighters towards their pensions was published today by the Department for Communities and Local Government

 

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Responding to the Government's statement on the Fire Service College, David Cartwright, member of the LGA's Fire Commission and Chairman of its Fire Service College Working Group, said

 

In a statement published today Fire Minister Bob Neill has asked for views on the future of the Fire Service College. He announced that the Government wants to explore options for a new ownership, operational and governance model for the College through greater involvement from other sectors, including voluntary organisations and the private sector

 

Eric Pickles praised the professionalism and courage of Fire Brigades across the country in saving lives and fighting fires during the disturbances of the last few nights

 

Planes and trucks carrying crucial British-backed aid have arrived in some of the most drought-stricken regions in the Horn of Africa, Andrew Mitchell has announced (August 4th)

 

The Government's Champion for Active Safer Communities today (July 27th) set out her top three priorities to help people make a difference to their neighbourhoods. In a new report, Baroness Newlove pinpoints the availability of easy to access online information, a new drive for public sector volunteering and the tackling of binge and underage drinking, as key to achieving her goals.

 

Bob Neill has announced next steps after the consultation on the future of fire and rescue control centres throughout England. This follows the cancellation of the FiReControl project which aimed to replace 46 local control centres with nine regional centres (July 5th)

 

The project to replace the 46 Fire and Rescue Services' local control rooms across England with nine purpose-built regional control centres linked by a new IT system has been a comprehensive failure, according to the National Audit Office (July 1st)

 

Firefighter pension changes could cost taxpayer £210 million as one in four say they will consider leaving the scheme (June 24, 2011)

 

London Fire Brigades Union is alarmed at a new move which could bankrupt the firm which owns London fire engines and 50,000 pieces of safety critical equipment. Any such move could see creditors move to sell the company’s assets to recover their debts (May 27th)

 

Fire leaders are calling for public vigilance as wildfires tear through Britain’s parched countryside and parks, with many thought to have been started by arsonists (May 5th)

 
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