Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

October 05, 2009 08:03 ET

Warwickshire Fire Crews Urge Public to Make Clear Views Over Fire Service Cuts

WARWICKSHIRE, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - Oct. 5, 2009) - Local fire crews are urging the public to attend consultation meetings and show they oppose the savage cuts being proposed. They also urged local businesses to make clear their concerns over cuts.

Marcus Giles, Chair, FBU Warwickshire said: "Local fire crews are urging the public to get along to these meetings and make their views known. This is not an 'Improvement Plan' but the most savage cuts ever put forward by a fire authority.

"Cutting the number of available fire appliances by a third will mean fewer appliances and firefighters spread more thinly across the county. They plan to close seven fire stations and can't explain how a second fire engine at a further two stations will be guaranteed.

"The impact will significantly increase response times to 999 incidents across parts of Warwickshire. This increase will be placing the public in danger and firefighters at greater risk.

"We would have to rely on neighbouring brigades for back up, if they have crews available when we needed them. And we have no control over what cuts or changes they might want to make in their counties.

"Recently, Warwickshire fire service attended two serious fires at the same time. This virtually stripped the county of fire engines and ended up with West Midlands, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire fire services operating within parts of Warwickshire.

"How will Warwickshire cope with far fewer fire engines and fire crews if these proposals were to go ahead? We urge the public to take part in the consultation process and send in their views to Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service."

Contact Information

  • Mark Rattray
    07919 327692
    or
    Steve Roberts
    07825 136453
    or
    Chris Downes
    07827 300034
    or
    Marcus Giles
    07788 853359
    or
    Chris Downes
    07827 300034