Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

April 07, 2010 08:59 ET

Pledge to Oppose Dangerous Cuts, Firefighters Tell Politicians

NORFOLK, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - April 7, 2010) - The Fire Brigades Union is to write to all candidates of leading political parties in Norfolk, asking them to pledge to oppose planned cuts in the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service.

"These cuts will put every citizen in Norfolk at greater risk than at present" says Jamie Wyatt, FBU Secretary, Norfolk. "They will make 999 response times slower, and they will certainly mean that people will die in fires who could otherwise have been saved, because firefighters and their equipment cannot get there in time. So any politician who cares about the safety of the people of Norfolk will give us the pledge we are asking for."

The proposed cuts include:

The loss of eight vital fire appliances.
Reduction of fire cover to Yarmouth and Norwich areas.
Cuts to vital frontline fire service resources.
Fewer frontline firefighters, while numbers of office staff have grown every year for the past decade.

These proposals have been put to the councillors before an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) has been completed. The IRMP is designed to gather evidence on risk. It would identify what demands are likely to be made on the fire service and what resources the service needs to meet them. 

Jamie Wyatt, says: "If councillors make cuts without seeing the IRMP, it indicates that their motives can only be financial and they do not care about risk. If these proposals go ahead, they compromise the safety both of our communities and of firefighters.

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    Jamie Wyatt