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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 LEADE
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THE 1930s Crew on a fire engine leaving a Manchester City Fire Brigade station, responding to incident in May 1933 THE BLITZA crew carries hoses through the rubble of WW2 in the capital GRENFELL THE 1950sA cuppa during three-day blaze at London’s Smithfield Market THE 1970s Silhouette of firefighter against a wall of flames background 1ST WOMAN 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