Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

April 16, 2012 10:13 ET

Keep Cumbrian 999 Fire Calls in Cumbria-FBU Takes Fight to Westminster on Tuesday 17 April

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 16, 2012) - More than 21,500 people have signed an FBU petition opposing Cumbria County Council's controversial plan to close its Fire Control Room in mid-June, outsourcing emergency fire calls to Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service, 150 miles away.

A four-strong FBU delegation - Fire Control staff Christine Wilson and Morven Anson, Ade Kevern, Cumbrian brigade secretary and Kevin Brown, North West regional secretary are travelling to London as part of the union's campaign to highlight the strength of local feeling against the planned cut.

Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland & Lonsdale will be handing over 18,247 signatures to the Speaker of the House of Commons on behalf of the FBU and Cumbrian citizens. The union handed over 3,298 signatures to Cumbria County Council in February, triggering a full council debate. But councillors refused to budge.

Ade Kevern, FBU brigade secretary, said the council had continued to ignore local people's strongly-felt desire for emergency fire calls to be answered locally. "The Government is always banging on about localism, but over 21,500 people in Cumbria have made it clear they want fire calls in Cumbria answered in Cumbria. Yet the County Council just ignores their views."

Morven Anson, Cumbria Control FBU Chair said: "Cumbria County Council's dismissive attitude towards the strength of feeling was hugely disappointing. The FBU will continue to fight for the best possible service for the people of Cumbria.

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  • Fire Brigades Union
    Ade Kevern
    Brigade Secretary