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Grade-two listed Victorian terrace was left a shell

Ambulance cuts 'will affect the front line'

A leading union representing paramedics warned yesterday that the closure of ambulance stations to meet NHS cost-cutting would inevitably have an impact on frontline services and staff. Simon Jones of the Association of Professional Ambulance Personnel said a review under way in Greater Manchester, which has left the future of half the region's stations in doubt, could result in crews spending more time travelling to restock drugs and medical equipment or taking breaks.

40 firefighters tackle London blaze

Around 40 firefighters put out a blaze at a warehouse in north London, emergency services said today.

'Imposter' sent out on 999 calls

An inquiry has been launched into claims that a woman went out on 999 calls after fooling ambulance staff into believing she was a trainee paramedic.

7/7 coroner attacks 'jargon'

The coroner in charge of the 7/7 inquests criticised emergency services bosses today for using too much jargon.

Managers of London's fire engines face financial meltdown

The company that runs London's fleet of fire engines faces a financial crisis over unpaid taxes after the Inland Revenue applied for a winding-up petition from the court.

Fire wrecks carnival costumes and floats

A fire in the carnival district of Rio de Janeiro has destroyed warehouses holding costumes and floats for next month's festival.

Wildfires destroy 40 homes and 4,000 acres

Firefighters in Western Australia have been battling wildfires which have razed 4,000 acres around Perth and destroyed at least 40 homes, as the east coast recovers from a cyclone and record flooding.

Firefighters tackle hotel blaze

More than 30 firefighters are tackling a blaze at a five-star country guest house.

Two die in flats fire

Two people died and one woman was taken to hospital after a fire broke out in a block of flats today.

Video: Wildfire rages in Oklahoma

Firefighters struggle to combat a huge wildfire in Logan County, Oklahoma.

Blaze tragedy mother released from hospital

A woman whose four children died in a fire at their home has been released from hospital.

7/7 fireman gives evidence from jail

A firefighter serving a 14-year jail term for his part in a £100m cocaine smuggling ring won praise yesterday for his bravery in rescuing victims of the 7 July bus bombing in London.

Firefighters' union backs new shifts deal

Firefighters' union leaders today endorsed a deal aimed at ending a bitter dispute over shift times in London.

Dutch firefighters tackle blaze at chemical plant

Local authorities told residents to stay indoors last night as some 150 firefighters attempted to smother a huge blaze that had been raging for hours at a chemical storage and packing company.

Decorated fireman jailed for role in drug syndicate

A fireman commended for his bravery in aiding victims of the 7/7 London bombings has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for his role in a cocaine smuggling syndicate. The 33-strong gang, who been making £100m a year, received a total of 200 years in jail following a Hollywood-style police operation against them three years ago.

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