Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

September 14, 2009 11:09 ET

15 Fire Stations and 50 Fire Appliances are Unavailable to Respond to Emergencies in London, Says Fire Brigades Union

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2009) - 15 fire stations and 50 fire appliances are currently unavailable to respond to emergencies in London as a result of serious staff shortages, says the Fire Brigades Union.

The shortages have been exposed by London fire crews who are in a dispute consisting of a ban on voluntary activities such as overtime and refusing to act up for more senior staff.

Industrial action began on 13 August after a nine to one yes vote in a row over attempts to cut pay and allowances, contrary to agreements.

This included injured firefighters returning to duty also having their pay cut. Those who refused to move away from nationally agreed terms and conditions were threatened with demotion.

Says Paul Embery, London Regional Official:

"We've lost 1,500 frontline firefighters in London over the last 20 years.

"In recent days, the damage this reckless management of London fire service has caused has been exposed.

"London fire brigade must stop attacking firefighters jobs, pay and conditions and focus on their job - protecting the public."

Despite the industrial action, firefighters are currently working normally at all times, in accordance with their contracts.

Contact Information

  • Media contact:
    Fire Brigades Union
    Paul Embery
    07854 998508