The Fire Brigades Union has announced a nationwide â€œRing of Fireâ€ tour of the UK to highlight the devastating impact the governmentâ€™s austerity agenda is having on the fire and rescue service.
The 20 date tour, which kicks off in Liverpool on 9 September, will promote the unionâ€™s recently published report Sounding the alarm: the future of the fire and rescue service which has found funding for the service has been cut by more than 20% during this parliament, that 5000 frontline firefighter jobs have been cut and 999 emergency response times have increased significantly.
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: â€œFirefighters want to warn the public about the threat to the UK fire and rescue service from central government cut backs.
â€œFirefighters want to continue doing a great job but their profession is being undermined by deep cuts to the service.
â€œI urge the public to come to their local event and talk to firefighters about the threat to their profession.â€
Along the tour, firefighters will be joined by special guests including local politicians, singers and comedians to make the event a special day out for all the family.
Entry to the event is free and each event will kick off from midday.
The tour dates are below:
Tuesday 9 September â€“ Liverpool â€“ Outside BT Convention Centre, Kings Dock, Liverpool, L3 4FP
Thursday 11 September â€“ Glasgow â€“ St Enochs Square, Glasgow, G1 4DH
Friday 12 September â€“ Sunderland – Market Square, Sunderland, SR1 3LH
Saturday 13 September â€“ Redcar Â - King Edward Memorial Clock, Redcar High Street, Redcar
Monday 15 September â€“ York â€“ St Sampsons Square, York, YO1 8RN
Tuesday 16 September â€“ Leeds
Wednesday 17 September â€“ Mansfield
Thursday 18 September â€“ Leicester â€“ Humberstone Gate, Leicester, LE1 1WB
Friday 19 September â€“ Birmingham
Saturday 20 September â€“ Worcester
Monday 22 September â€“ Manchester
Tuesday 23 September â€“ Aylesbury â€“ Market Square, HP20 1TW
Wednesday 24 September â€“ Watford
Thursday 25 September â€“ Great Yarmouth â€“ Market Place, Great Yarmouth, NR30 1LX
Friday 26 September â€“ London
Saturday 27 September â€“ Brighton
Tuesday 30 September â€“ Portsmouth â€“ Guildhall, Portsmouth, PO1 2AB
Wednesday 1 October â€“ Plymouth â€“ Armada Way, off Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2HJ
Thursday 2 October â€“ Cardiff â€“ Roald Dahl Plass, Oval Basin, Cardiff Bay, CF10 6AN
Friday 3 October â€“ Bristol â€“ Castle Park, Broadweir, Bristol
You can follow the FBU Ring of Fire tour twitter page here.
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