Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

December 21, 2008 04:00 ET

The Fire Brigades Union: South Yorkshire Firefighters Lobby Fire Authority Meeting

"Proposed cuts will put the public at risk"

SHEFFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 21, 2008) - There will be a lobby and demonstration outside the South Yorkshire Fire Authority meeting today (Monday 22 December) to protest against proposals to cut the number of firefighters at every station.

South Yorkshire fire crews say their employers want to reduce the number of firefighters who provide fire cover, to impose new shift systems which will make fire cover less effective and harder to maintain, and to introduce new, untried and potentially unsafe fire appliances.

The new appliances - the Combined Aerial Rescue Pumps (or CARPs) - were due to arrive in South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service (SYFRS) over a year ago but are yet to go into front line emergency service. The SYFRS also wants to introduce a fleet of vans with a crew of three, whereas a standard fire engine has a crew of five and all the necessary equipment to deal with incidents safely.

Fire Brigades Union Regional Secretary Ian Murray said: "There is growing anger from firefighters across the country and the region at the threats to impose these untried and untested fire appliances, change duty systems and alter working conditions without going through any meaningful consultation and negotiation. We believe the fire service is compromising the safety of the public and of firefighters in the hope of doing things more cheaply."

NOTE:

Fire crews from South Yorkshire and around the region are assembling for the lobby and demonstration at Regents Street, Barnsley (Bus Station/Railway Station) on 22nd December 2008 at 9 a.m. FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack will join them.

Contact Information

  • Fire Brigades Union
    Ian Murray
    FBU Regional Secretary
    07967103345
    or
    Fire Brigades Union
    Ian Watkins
    FBU Regional Chair
    07970 148720