Petition to Theresa May MP, Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children Carl Sargeant AM, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson MSP
Make sure firefighters arrive at emergencies with enough time to save lives
If you are trapped in a burning building or in a car that has crashed, it will take longer than it should for firefighters to rescue you. This is because response times to fires and other emergencies that firefighters attend are at their slowest for 20 years. In reality, this means more people are unnecessarily dying in fires. I should know. In 2015, my friend Choi Yip died in a fire at his home after it took fire crews nearly a quarter of an hour – nearly double the emergency response time target – to get to him. By the time they arrived, it was too late for Choi. Even when the first engine arrives to a fire in time, it is essential that a second fire engine is present before fire crews enter a burning building and begin rescuing victims. This is to ensure that proper firefighting procedures are followed as well as watching out for the first crew in case they get into difficulty. Even when the first engine arrives in time, they have to wait for back up. Firefighters, like the crew featured in The Firefighters’ Dilemma film, are torn between following safe, professional procedures and the moral pressure to do everything to save lives. This is happening with alarming regularity all over the UK. It’s getting worse as a result of 10,000 frontline firefighter job cuts since 2010. There are now less firefighters on fewer fire engines coming from a reduced number of fire stations that are able to respond to emergencies. The solution is simple. The government needs to set national standards to improve rescue response times across the UK. Sign this petition and ask the government to take action now.
Petition to Theresa May MP
Award the London Fire Brigade the George Cross
The London Fire Brigade showed extraordinary courage during the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy on 14 June 2017. They deserve to be recognised as a group for their heroism and sacrifices. The George Cross (GC) is the second highest award of the United Kingdom honours system. It is awarded for acts of the greatest heroism or the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger. This decoration was primarily intended for civilian men and women, although awards were also made to members of the Armed Forces in circumstances where a military award was not applicable. To date, there have been 407 George Cross awards but only 2 of these have been collective honours. We would like to see the London Fire Brigade honoured with this singular honour as an expression of permanent gratitude. Note: the Victoria Cross may only be awarded to members of the British armed forces. This award is the highest award available for non-conflict bravery.
Petition to HRH Queen Elizabeth, Theresa May MP, UK Parliament
Ensure firefighters of Grenfell Towers get commended with a medal from The Queen
During the early hours of 14th June 2017, a fire broke out at the 24-storey Grenfell Tower, a block of public housing flats in North Kensington, London, England. Within minutes of the first 999 call, emergency services were at the scene. Firefighters did not hesitate and ran into a burning tower to save the life's of those they could, at the risk of their own. They worked tirelessley in one of the biggest fires London has seen in 50 years. Their bravery, courage, compassion and strength - both physically and mentally - needs to be commended. These firefighters cant just go home, close the door, and 'leave work at work' like the majority of us manage to do. They will be haunted by horrific scenes inside the building that we will never begin to imagine, feel guilt and despair for those they couldn't save. They will never forget what they witnessed first hand, in the centre of what all of us have only stood by and watched in horror. It is for this reason, and the fact they do this without hesitation, that we shouldn't hesitate in signing this petition to push forward for them to be awarded the Queens Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service.
Petition to UK Parliament, Goverment, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Theresa May MP, Emma Dent, Facebook, Twitter, Sadiq Khan, LBC, Her Majesty Queen Elizebeth, Amber Rudd MP, Ed Miliband
Call for all Firefighters attending Grenfell Tower to be knighted to honour their bravery
I am shocked and moved by the amazing bravery the fire service attending the Grenfell tower Fire displayed. The incredible men and women who ran into the tower filled with flames to save people. The fire service are underpaid, over worked and enduring massive budget cuts making their day to day jobs even harder. But dealing with the situations that unfolded in the early hours of Wednesday morning at Grenfell Tower and doing so with bravery that most of us couldn't even dream of demonstrating. These service people should be honoured and given titles. We often give Knighthoods to celebrities. Why not give them to people we can all genuinely admire. Heroes. For with out them many more people would have died.