Firefighters from all over the country were coming to the Houses of Parliament today (Wednesday) to lobby members of parliament about the future of the fire and rescue service amid huge concerns about public safety.
The firefighters, who are members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), are seeking the support of MPs to defend the fire and rescue service against the worst cuts it has ever known. More than 7000 frontline firefighter jobs have gone since 2010 as cuts of 30% have taken their toll, with even worse cuts to come. The FBU say more cuts will decimate the service.
Firefighters are also concerned about government proposals for Police & Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to take over the fire and rescue service, as this would pose a huge threat to the independence of firefighters who rely on the public’s trust to enable them to access their homes. Law enforcement and the humanitarian service provided by firefighters don’t mix, say the FBU.
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