Plans to merge Cradley Heath and Halesowen fire stations could compromise public safety, the Fire Brigades Union has warned. The plans will leave only one fire engine at the new station and see the loss of 28 frontline firefighter posts.
The public in Halesowen and Cradley Heath could wait longer for enough fire engines to arrive to safely deal with incidents. The cuts come on top of 96 firefighter jobs lost this year already.
It takes at least 2 fully staffed fire engines to safely deal with a house fire or road traffic collision. But the major change to the original plan will now leave only one fire engine at the new station is instead of the 2 fire engines originally planned.
FBU Brigade Secretary Andy Dennis said: â€œThis is another attack on frontline firefighters in the West Midlands because of the savage cut in funding from the Government. These are deep cuts to the front line and show the Government promise of no cuts to frontline public services was worthless.
â€œSo far this year there have been cuts to staffing levels on fire stations with the loss of 96 frontline jobs. The number of firefighters available to crew fire engines for immediate callout has been reduced to dangerous levels.
â€œWe urge the public of the West Midlands to voice their concerns and take part in the consultation, speak to their Politicians and oppose these cuts to frontline servicesâ€.
Andy Dennis FBU Brigade Secretary 07827 300036
Roger Moore FBU Brigade Chair 07584 608122