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Families of firefighters killed in fireworks blast win compensation battle
2:49pm Tuesday 30th July 2013 in News
The families of two firefighters killed at a fireworks factory six years ago have won their case against East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.
Geoff Wicker and Brian Wembridge were killed in an explosion at Marlie Farm near Lewes in Sussex six years ago.
Their families claimed the service was negligent and exposed the men to unnecessary risk.
The court heard that the deaths were a "catastrophe that could easily have been avoided".
Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union General Secretary, said: “Common sense and justice have prevailed today, and the judge’s ruling reflects the systemic and cultural failure of those responsible for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.
“Although the ruling cannot undo Geoff or Brian’s tragic deaths, firefighters can be relieved that their employers cannot merely renounce their duty of care as had been argued.
“The events at Marlie Farm were a tragedy, with two lives needlessly lost even though firefighters did a fantastic job, and the FBU was proud to support them during the incident and investigation."
See tomorrow's Argus for the full story.
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