Firefighters lobby against changes
FIREFIGHTERS from across North Somerset called on their MPs in Westminster for support against proposed cuts last week.
They joined colleagues from Avon and Somerset and Devon and Somerset fire services in London to lobby against the possible changes.
The Fire Brigades Union South West says many proposals are being hurriedly prepared and will see ‘corners being cut’ in standards of fire and rescue services and will mean those who dial 999 ‘will have to wait longer for more thinly stretched fire crews to come to their rescue, but will carry on paying the same for the service’.
A spokesman said: “This will put the lives of the public and the safety of firefighters at increased risk.
“It will also increase the cost of fire losses, increasing insurance premiums and could leave businesses unable to recover, further exacerbating the loss of jobs.”
“We know that social depravation caused by recession goes hand in hand with increased risks of fire and we will not stand back whilst the poorest and most vulnerable in our society are compromised by these cuts.
“Cuts cost lives, it is a simple as that but it seems those who are in favour of these cuts are those least likely to need the fire and rescue service.”
- 1 Construction training centre opens in Portishead
- 2 Appeal launched to save town's Christmas light displays
- 3 Taxpayers paid £60k for Liam Fox's failed bid for WTO job: Reports
- 4 Portishead-Bristol bus plan would save £100 MILLION, campaigner claims
- 5 Burglars target 24 properties in North Somerset area
- 6 Court rules that Baytree School expansion can go ahead
- 7 Work on new Cheddar pump track set to begin
- 8 New Clevedon charity is helping to create the scientists of the future
- 9 Clevedon Lions Dream Scheme has opened to help good causes
- 10 Man SPAT at shop staff in row over face mask