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Warwickshire fire service cuts will put lives at risk, say firefighters
CUTS to Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service (WF&RS) will put lives at risk, firefighters in Warwickshire have said.
Government cutbacks mean that the service faces having to make between £2.3million and £3.5million in savings before 2018, which could lead to the loss of almost three out of ten frontline posts.
Marcus Giles, Fire Brigades Union secretary for Warwickshire, said: “The lives of firefighters and the public will be at greater risk as a result of these cuts.
“Job losses means firefighters will be stretched to new levels, and further station closures will be inevitable.”
Firefighters argue that the station closures and redundancies undertaken as a result of WF&RS’s 2010 ‘improvement plan’ mean that there is no space for further cuts without seriously jeopardising safety.
As well as front line duties, the Fire Brigades Union says the cuts will also threaten community safety activities, fire safety promotion and building inspections.
Mr Giles said a possible merger between WF&RS and Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, would result in even more job losses and station closures for the county.
“Residents do not pay their council tax to receive a reduced service from the fire service," he said.
“Warwickshire would lose its control of its fire and rescue services and decisions about its operations would be handed to a fire authority covering three counties.”
People can have their say on the cuts by responding to the public consultation, which runs until Thursday, 31 October.
For details visit warwickshire.gov.uk/shapingthefuture.
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