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Caldey Island monks and residents get new 999 vehicle

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  • May 18, 2013
The monks and residents of Caldey Island off Pembrokeshire are to receive their first multipurpose emergency vehicle. The customised Land Rover will act as a police car, ambulance, and - thanks to a water bowser trailer - a fire engine. The island al...

M62 in West Yorkshire closed following tanker crash

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  • May 18, 2013
A lorry driver has been airlifted to hospital after a crash between his vehicle and a tanker that closed the M62 motorway. The crash happened on the eastbound carriageway just before 13:00 BST between junctions 26 and 27 near Birstall, West Yorkshire...

Firefighters' views on proposed service reforms

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  • May 18, 2013
A government-commissioned study has suggested the fire service needs to become more efficient and effective. The study by Sir Ken Knight, a former chief fire and rescue adviser to the government, called for streamlining and a shift to more part-time ...

Men treated after ice cream van fire in Renfrewshire

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  • May 18, 2013
Two men have been treated for smoke inhalation after an ice cream van caught fire at a Renfrewshire garage. A spark is thought to have ignited the van while it was on a mechanics ramp at the garage in Miller Street, Johnstone, at about 10:30 on Frida...

Fire service needs transforming, says government review

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  • May 18, 2013
Fire and rescue services in England need to be "transformed" to become more efficient and effective, a government-commissioned review has said. Sir Ken Knight said incidents were down 40% over the past decade but the number of firefighters was rough...

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue crew at risk from drug blazes

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  • May 18, 2013
Firefighters are facing an increased risk of electrocution following a rise in cannabis farm fires, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said. At its height, one in 10 blazes broke out in homes in the region being used to grow the drug and incidents have ...

Sharkey fire deaths: Witness' partner denies fake alibi

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  • May 18, 2013
The partner of a man who is being blamed for murdering three people in a house fire in Helensburgh has denied providing a false alibi for him. Jennifer Milne, 28, said it would be a "blatant lie" to suggest Lee McCarthy was not at home when the fire ...

Malton jockey fire deaths: Flat owner jailed

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  • May 18, 2013
The owner of a block of flats in North Yorkshire where two jockeys died in a fire has been jailed for 12 months. Alan Foster, 65, from Norton, had earlier pleaded guilty to breaching four fire safety regulations. Jamie Kyne, 18, from Galway, Ireland ...

Man 'engrossed in crossword' rescued from chip pan fire

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  • May 18, 2013
A man has been rescued by neighbours from a Manchester flat after becoming so "engrossed" in a crossword he failed to notice a chip pan fire. The neighbours heard smoke alarms and dealt with the fire in the sixth floor flat at Brownley Court Road, Be...

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