Thousands sign petition against cuts to fire service

A PETITION demanding a reversal in cuts to fire brigade cover in Surrey is nearing half the signatures needed to be considered by county councillors. So far, 4,858 people had signed the... Read more »

Actor’s petition against fire cuts sparks local support

MORE than 4,600 people have signed a petition against fire brigade cuts launched by a writer and actor from Chobham. Emma Kennedy joined rock star Brian May in calling on the Surrey... Read more »

St John’s chip shop blaze

STAFF had to evacuate a fish and chip shop after a fierce blaze started in its ventilation system on Thursday last week (20 August). Two people were preparing to open for the... Read more »

Brian May shares fury over fire service cuts as Chobham Common burns

BRIAN May – musician turned astrophysicist – was packing up precious possessions at the height of the wildfire on Sunningdale Golf Course, fearful the flames might spread to his home. The lead... Read more »

Blaze wrecks village shop and post office

FIRE has wrecked the interior of a Horsell convenience store, just two weeks after a new owner took it over. Costcutter, which also runs the village post office, will be shut for... Read more »

Extra pressure on brigade as firefighters test for COVID-19

FIRE service staff have been advised to get tested for COVID-19 after coming into contact with a firefighter who is suffering from the virus. The News & Mail was told this week... Read more »

Firefighters abandon industrial action to help fight pandemic

FIREFIGHTERS have lifted their industrial action against cuts in the Surrey brigade so that they can take on extra duties during the coronavirus crisis. They have volunteered to drive ambulances, deliver food... Read more »

Unsafe insulation to be removed from high-rise

UNSAFE insulation material is to be removed from a building in Woking town centre and fire wardens are on duty 24 hours a day until the work is completed. The moves come... Read more »

Firefighters may face disciplinary action over restructure dissent

FIREFIGHTERS say they are being threatened with being disciplined for resisting a reorganisation which will reduce night-time fire brigade cover in Surrey. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is concerned that 150 of... Read more »

Tornado causes chaos in Ottershaw

A TORNADO that ripped through Ottershaw on Saturday saw residents still trying to clear debris today, with just two days to go before Christmas. In total 26 houses, 13 cars and 4... Read more »