Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

September 03, 2007 12:21 ET

Money To Burn: Cornish Fire Crews Challenge Council On £20 Million A Year Payments For New Incinerator

CORNWALL, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 3, 2007) -

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Cornish fire crews are challenging the county council to explain why they are paying GBP 20 million a year to burn rubbish, while setting aside only GBP 17 million a year on the fire and rescue service. The GBP 20 million figure has been given to the FBU as this year's cost for a PFI contract for a new incinerator to burn rubbish.

But the county council says it is so strapped for cash it has to push through major cuts to the fire and rescue service which would see the loss of 35 Wholetime firefighter posts- one in six of the Wholetime workforce strength of 206. The proposed cuts would see night time cover slashed at Camborne and Falmouth fire stations and mean a longer wait at night time for the fire service to get to 999 incidents.

FBU regional secretary John Drake said: "We were staggered when we were told the county council is spending GBP 20 million this year to burn rubbish. Councillors are always going on about spending priorities and this seems like a lot of money to burn.

"GBP 20 million is more than the county council spends on the fire service in a year. It would be perverse if they were spending more money starting fires than putting them out."

Contact Information

  • John Drake
    07813 170755