Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

August 12, 2011 10:28 ET

Cameron Visits Manchester and Salford Fire Crews as Service Braces Itself to Lose One in Six Frontline Posts

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - Aug. 12, 2011) - Prime Minister David Cameron visited Salford and Manchester fire crews today in the aftermath of major civil unrest which saw the crews face a barrage of brick and bottles as they fought fires. The Fire Brigades Union described his visit to a brigade bracing itself for huge frontline cuts as a 'shameless' PR stunt.

The Manchester fire service is proposing to axe 250 frontline posts – one in six – because of Government funding cuts. The frontline cuts will see up to 15 fire engines being axed at night.

Andy Dark, FBU assistant general secretary said: "This is a shameless PR stunt. Manchester fire service is being cut to shreds as a result of decisions made by David Cameron's Government.

"We're facing a toxic diet of massive frontline cuts, a pay freeze and attacks on pensions. The coalition is destroying morale in the fire service.

"Fire crews are fed up being patted on the back by politicians one minute and stabbed in the back the next. The relentless attacks on the fire service and firefighters show this Government doesn't care about the fire service."

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