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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 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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Tougher sprinkler rules needed, councils and fire authorities urge

Tougher sprinkler rules must be introduced to ensure fire safety in high-rise buildings and care homes, the LGA urges at its annual fire conference today.

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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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'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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Fire service ditching outdated image in major diversity drive

The fire and rescue service is shaking off its outdated image in a major drive to change the public's perception of firefighters, a new report outlines today.

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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."