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This week's news

Selected links to firefighter workplace, industrial, technology and OHS news stories across the last seven days.

Vic: Richmond Campaign action wins 600 signatures
UFU members' first community action in the state seat of Richmond get the message out about the MFB's planned cuts in the new EA. Check out the campaign website and Facebook page.

Tas: Pollies feedback
Read the election survey response, party by party.

WA: Storm brings insurance catastrophe
Bunbury helps Perth storm clean-up.

Vic: Bushfires Royal Commission / bushfire season roundup:
- CFA's approach to safety advisers 'not appropriate'.
- CFA defends handling of firefighter safety.
- Former CFA volunteer to be questioned over fires.
- Commission examines Strathewen fire deaths.
- 'I would have been killed': survivor criticises CFA advice.
- ABC journalists honoured for bushfires coverage.
- Bendigo group urges fuel burn rethink.
- Fuel burn planned for Upper Murray.
- Shire fire restrictions ease.
- Fire restrictions lifted.

ACT: Fire hearing enters fourth week
The ACT Supreme Court hearing into the 2003 Canberra bushfires has entered its fourth week.

NSW: Gas fuels intense factory fire
Fire extinguished.

WA: FESA worried residents unprepared for blaze
Authority disappointed with the lack of preparation undertaken by Albany residents.

Four die in Kolkata building inferno
Indian firefighters are badly equipped to fight major fires and often lack modern equipment.
Washington Post images of the fire.

UK: Firefighters Union back MP’s call for safer cigarettes
Call for government to legislate for fire safety in cigarette design.

USA: City rejects no-tobacco policy for new firefighters
Denies request from the Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department for tobacco-free pledge.

UK: FBU AND FSA collaborate to improve awareness of fire systems standards
A short guide to the British Standard for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings.

NZ: Operational Skills Maintenance
The Union and the Fire Service reach agreement over O.S.M.

USA: Union in next-gen BA agreement
 IAFF and DHS (Department of Homeland Security) select global safety equipment manufacturer to build next-generation scba prototype.

France: Nice (southern France) firefighters demonstrate
Join nationwide day of protest against job cuts, wages, the high cost of living and pension changes.

Canada: Firefighters camp out on roof for muscular dystrophy fundraiser
Four-day camping trip atop a downtown firehall.

India: Mumbai firefighters to give up Raj-era uniform
With their heavy woollen tunics and shiny brass.

Canada: Black firefighters enraged
Halifax Fire Department has again failed to properly address racist behaviour, say black firefighters.

USA: City won't publicise Springfield (Illinois) station closings
But union does.

USA North Carolina line of duty deaths
Two killed in vehicle collision returning from training.

USA: Florence firefighters encourage cooking safety
Think before you cook message from South Carolina firefighters

USA: LA firefighter hospitalised after water training

Trapped in a concrete aqueduct during a swift water rescue training session.

USA: The 'c-word' and firefighter safety
the one that I hate the most in line-of-duty death reviews: culture!

USA: Providence Rhode Island firefighters reach new contract
After nearly seven years of often-bitter negotiations.

Russia: Top firefighter killed In Moscow
Col. Yevgeny Chernyshev was apparently killed by a roof collapse.

Spain / France: French police urged to apologise
Spanish firefighters held as Basque terror suspects.

Bangladesh: Major fire breaks out in Bangladesh's Sunderbans
Foresters, nearby villagers and firefighters have been trying to douse the flames.

USA: Horses die in 'Africanised' bee attack
Firefighters sprayed the horses, but the animals succumb.

USA: Palo Alto firefighters want voters to rescue them from layoffs
California Union files papers for a November ballot measure.