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Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - WATTS THE GOSS - BY RACHAEL BLETCHLY

For 100 years the Fire Bri­gades Union has bat­tled for the well­be­ing of fire­fight­ers – and that of the pub­lic they serve so bravely. Founded on Oc­to­ber 1, 1918, it is one of the UK’S old­est spe­cial­ist trade unions, with a proud his­tory of cam­paign­ing.

Its mem­bers have pro­tected the pub­lic through war, ter­ror at­tacks and tragedies, in­clud­ing Gren­fell.

All that time it has bat­tled to im­prove safety, change leg­is­la­tion and save lives.

And as the union cel­e­brates its cen­te­nary with a spe­cial event to­day, we look back at 10 decades of ded­i­cated ser­vice. I PAY trib­ute to the FBU and am proud to at­tend the cen­te­nary ser­vice to cel­e­brate the brav­ery of fire­fight­ers.

We are all much safer to­day be­cause of their tire­less work over 100 years.

The union’s out­stand­ing record un­der­lines unions’ vi­tal role in stand­ing up for work­ers and chang­ing the lives of

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I am proud sup­ported by

A crew car­ries hoses through the rub­ble of WW2 in the cap­i­tal A cuppa dur­ing three-day blaze at Lon­don’s Smith­field Mar­ket Sil­hou­ette of fire­fighter against a wall of flames back­ground Crew on a fire engine leav­ing a Manch­ester City Fire Bri­gade sta­tion, re­spond­ing to in­ci­dent in May 1933 Sue Bat­ten, the UK’S first fe­male fire­fighter, in Lon­don in 1982 Fire­fighter in tears at a minute’s si­lence for vic­tims of tower blaze

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