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01 December 2010

HUMBERSIDE FIREFIGHTERS MOUNT CAMPAIGN TO FIGHT 170 EMERGENCY FRONT LINE FIREFIGHTER CUTS

Fire Brigades Union members from Humberside begin a united campaign to fight 170 job cuts to emergency front line firefighter posts that will decimate frontline 999 services.

The proposals can only mean a reduction of the current standards in Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and mean delays in fire appliances attending emergency calls. This will put the lives of the public and the safety of firefighters at increased risk.

Pete Smith FBU Regional Secretary said:

“Humberside Fire and Rescue Service has released its draft IRMP for consultation which threatens public and firefighter safety by the removal of operational firefighters from front line appliances, including specialist engines. This will mean that more appliances will be needed at incidents to ensure the required numbers of firefighters are in attendance to perform rescues, fight fires and do it in a safe manner. Where will these required appliances come from? They will have to be called from neighboring stations or further afield, which will result in delays, when time is most critical. This will also mean that fire cover will be stripped from the station areas where the extra fire appliances have been called from. This is a dangerous scenario which may ultimately cost lives.

The public like to feel safe in the knowledge that a fire engine is only a few minutes away if they were unfortunate enough to have to call 999, however these proposals will have a detrimental affect on how quickly crews can respond. These proposals are still in the consultation stage and the Fire Brigades Union urges all members of the public to write to the Chief Fire Officer or use the questionnaire on Humberside Fire and Rescue Service website http://www.humbersidefire.gov.uk/news/latest-news.htm?consultationArea=1, to lodge their opposition to these cost cutting threats to safety.”

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For more information contact:

Pete Smith - Regional Secretary 07974101435

Richard Walker - Brigade Secretary 07980644646

Neil Trenchard - Brigade Chair 07968071850

Rob Vaux - Membership Sec 07888704597

 
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