Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

November 21, 2007 11:52 ET

Cornish Fire Crews: Stop Wasting Time and Money and Give Public Safety the Priority the Public Demands

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 21, 2007) -

ATTN: CORNWALL NEWSDESKS AND SOUTH WEST REGIONAL MEDIA

Cornish fire crews have called on the County Council to give higher priority to public safety when making a decision over proposed cuts to the fire service. Cornwall Fire Brigades Union says the solution will be found in Cornwall, not in trips to London.

The County Council has refused to shelve plans for major cuts to the fire service. The county's fire crews say the cuts will increase risk and reduce their ability to respond to all 999 incidents.

Under the proposals, 35 wholetime firefighter posts would be lost - one in six of the wholetime workforce of 206. Night time cuts at Camborne and Falmouth fire stations would mean that between 6pm and 8am the fire service would take longer to get to 999 incidents.

If the cuts go through Cornwall would be the only county in England without any around the clock immediate response fire crews. There is already a shortage of fire crews in the County.

Terry Nottle Cornwall FBU Secretary said: "Public protection needs to be given a much higher priority than it has at the moment. We are now an all-round emergency response service and our work is growing every year.

"These cuts will damage our ability to respond to all 999 emergencies and county councillors need to understand that. We're not just here to save lives in fires but to protect our natural and historical heritage from everything that mankind and nature throws at us.

"They have to stop wasting money on things the public don't want and start spending it on things like the fire and rescue service that the public does want. Councillors must stop rushing off to London looking for a solution and realise the solution lies in Cornwall.

"We want no more wasting time or wasting money on trips to London. No more trying to blame everyone else or passing the buck."

"Cornwall's fire crews and public have spoken loud and clear. Public protection and public safety are a clear priority and these plans must now be binned."

Contact Information

  • Media contacts:
    Terry Nottle
    07973 524483
    or
    Mike Tremellen
    07970 655937