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Fire fighter tackling grass field wild fire
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) has increased its council tax precept by the maximum amount allowed, meaning an increase of £3.27 per year for a Band D property. BFRS approved...
PCC Festus Akinbusoye
A Bedfordshire councillor has said he will “fight tooth and nail” to stop the current police and crime commissioner (PCC) taking over the county’s fire and rescue service. But the PCC, Festus Akinbusoye...
Luton Airport Terminal 2 Car Park Fire. Image: BFRS
The council tax precept for Bedfordshire’s Fire and Rescue Service is set to increase following a vote by members of the Fire and Rescue Authority. This morning (Tuesday) authority...
Bedford Embankment flooded. Image: Bedfordshire Local Resilience Forum
The efforts of community and voluntary groups in flood-hit areas of Bedford Borough have been praised by Bedfordshire Local Resilience Forum. The Forum is managed by Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue...
Bedfordshire Fire Authority Audit and Standards Committee 4 Jan 2024. Image via LDRS
Questions from the public are an important part of the governance of the Bedfordshire Fire Authority and should be encouraged, a meeting heard. There weren’t any questions from the public during...
BFRS response standards graphic image Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
Bedfordians are being asked for their views on how Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) can better measure its incident response performance. A public consultation launched...
Luton Airport Terminal 2 Car Park Fire. Image: BFRS
Passengers have been told not to travel to Luton Airport this morning after a huge fire in a new car park broke out last night. The blaze broke out overnight in the Terminal Car Park 2 and caused...
e-scooter image Shutterstock R.Classen
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) has issued a warning of the dangers of low-quality e-bikes and e-scooters that may have unsafe batteries which have led to fires. The popularity of electric...
Beds Fire and Rescue
It has been confirmed that an 18-year-old who was in a critical condition after getting in trouble at Cardington lock on Friday (16 June), passed away in hospital later that day. The young man was playing...
Lola, a German Shepherd dog, rescued by Bedford Fire crews
Crews from Bedford Fire Station leapt into action yesterday (Monday) after reports of a dog in trouble in the river in Shefford. Lola, a German Shepherd, found herself in trouble in the water and in urgent...
A restaurant at Riverside Bedford is closed "until further notice" following a fire that broke out in the kitchen in the early hours of this morning (Saturday). Fire services were called to Foxy Wings...
Car fire Greyfriars 9 May 2023 Image David Wright
There were dramatic scenes in Bedford town this afternoon after a car caught fire outside QD on Greyfriars, and local man David Wright managed to capture the action. In a public post on...