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The voice of firefighters and the fire and rescue service in the UK.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is the authoritative, professional voice of firefighters across the UK. The union represents the vast majority of firefighters in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, including wholetime (full-time) and retained (part-time, on-call) operational firefighters and control staff.

The professional voice of firefighters and the fire and rescue service.

  • We improve members’ working conditions and represent them at work..
  • Benefits include legal protection, financial planning advice and a health cash plan. 
  • We’ll also help you develop new and existing skills.
  • Membership costs up to £25.61 a month.
Main Trades
Government and public services
Fire service
Male 29,559 | Female 3,015 | Other 1 | Total 32,575
Employers represented include:

Local Authority Firefighters

General secretary
Matt Wrack
Cost of membership

Contribution costs: Full-time members contribute 1% of the firefighter (competent) weekly rate of pay. Part-time (RDS) members contribute one-third of the trade contribution of full-time members, plus 3%.

Where members are paid less than the firefighter (competent) weekly rate of pay the Executive Council shall publish each year the relevant contribution rates for each band.   

Membership benefits

The Fire Brigades Union has negotiated some benefits that are exclusive to our members. These include:

- Home, travel, car and pet insurance
- A health cash plan
- Up to 30% off brand new cars
- Union prepaid plus card
- for online shopping
- Financial planning advice


Bradley House

68 Coombe Road

Kingston upon Thames


020 8541 1765
0208 546 5187
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