Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

February 04, 2011 07:48 ET

FBU Says Cuts Will Cost Lives, as Response Times Slow

LONDON, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - Feb. 4, 2011) - The Fire Brigades Union is warning that cuts to the fire and rescue service will put lives at risk, after a spate of high-profile house fires. The union advises the public to "get out and stay out" in the event of a fire and to call professional firefighters to tackle any blaze.

However the union is warning that cuts will worsen the service. Government figures show that average response times to house fires have slowed over the last decade from 5.5 minutes to 7.3 minutes.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary said: "Every second counts when there's a fire. Our job as firefighters is to rescue people and we aim to get to every incident as quickly as we can.

"But the public should know that cutting firefighter jobs, fewer fire engines and other cuts will delay our intervention. The planned cuts to the service will cost lives if they go ahead. They must be stopped."

The FBU wants fire services and governments across the UK to follow the example of the Scottish government and investigate how to improve response times to house fires.

Contact Information

  • Fire Brigades Union
    Helen Hague
    07889 792360