Under-pressure firefighters outside the Grenfell Tower blaze last month [Image: PA].

Remember when This Site reported that politically-motivated cuts in police numbers by Tories who undervalue the service meant officers were being overworked so badly that they were having nervous breakdowns and contemplating suicide, exactly a month ago?

Well, guess what?

Firefighters are quitting that service for the same reasons.

They say the workload is increasing but bosses – and the government – are intimidating them.

According to the Mirror report quoted below, Fire Brigades Union national officer Dave Green said, “Firefighters feel really undervalued, I speak to them all the time. When something like Grenfell or the floods happen we’re the toast of politicians – yet individually they can’t stand us, they continue to pay us pittance.”

With the police, This Writer envisaged a moment when the Conservatives would be able to claim the nationally-funded service was not fulfilling its obligations – without ever mentioning the fact that this is due to their underfunding and understaffing of it – and bring in G4S or a similar gang of profit-driven numpties to protect the very rich and leave the rest of us to fend for ourselves.

Now, it seems I must repeat that comment, with regard to the fire service.

That’s how it works, according to Noam Chomsky:

It leads to the obvious question:

Who would have put out the fire in Grenfell Tower – and rescued the surviving residents – if there was no publicly-funded fire and rescue service and nobody there could afford to pay for private firefighters to attend?

Fire services face a “ticking time bomb” after the number of staff quitting to take other jobs almost doubled since the Tories took power.

Some 1,044 people resigned from Fire and Rescue Services “to take other employment” in 2015/16 – up from just 537 in 2010/11.

The toll of fire service personnel leaving for outside work has now risen for three years in a row.

And the number of fire service staff taking normal retirement is also higher than at any point in the last five years, hitting 1,415 last year.

It comes as the Tory government faces pressure to end the 1% pay cap on most public sector workers and invest in firefighting after the Grenfell Tower blaze.

Firefighters were recently offered a rise of 2% but branded it not good enough.

Fire Brigades Union national officer Dave Green blamed the “incredible” rise on pay freezes, pension changes, spiking workload and an “air of intimidation” from bosses and the government.

Source: Fire services face ‘ticking time bomb’ as staff leaving for other jobs DOUBLE since Tories took power


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