Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

December 09, 2010 12:18 ET

Humberside Firefighters, Officers and Control Staff to March in Protest of Cuts to Frontline Service

HUMBERSIDE, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - Dec. 9, 2010) - On Saturday 11 December at 1200 noon, Fire Brigades Union members from Humberside will march around the city of Hull in protest of proposed cuts that threaten to decimate front line services if agreed by Humberside Fire Authority members in January. The march will begin and end at Queens Gardens and culminate with speeches from General Secretary of the FBU, Matt Wrack and local politicians.

The proposed cuts can only mean a reduction of the current standards in Humberside fire and rescue service and delays in fire appliances attending emergency calls. This will put the lives of the public and the safety of firefighters at increased risk.

Pete Smith FBU regional secretary said: "The proposals that Humberside Fire and Rescue Service have put forward for consultation are a backward step in terms of public and firefighter safety. These cuts are about making money savings and nothing more. Has it come to the point where Fire and Rescue services are being asked to place monetary values on lives just to appease a coalition government who have reneged on their pre election pledges to leave frontline services untouched?

"This is something the members of Humberside are unable to accept and have decided they will fight against. This march is a protest against proposals, which if accepted by Humberside Fire Authority members, will see less firefighters, less officers, and less fully crewed fire appliances. Can anybody tell me less is more? When talking about a public service that deals with fire and rescue and lives are in the balance, I really don't think so."

Contact Information

  • Pete Smith
    Regional Secretary
    Richard Walker
    Brigade Secretary
    Neil Trenchard
    Brigade Chair
    Rob Vaux
    Membership Secretary