Firefighters in Leicestershire are urging the public to defend their local fire service from savage cuts after plans by the local fire authority to cut the service by Â£7.5M.
Leicestershire and Rutland Fire Authorityâ€™s consultation, openÂ until 31 December, will allow members of the public to have their say on plans to cutÂ in excess ofÂ 100 frontline firefighter jobs and reduce the number of fire enginesÂ in the County.Â In addition to this firefighter and public safety will also be compromised with plans to reduce crewing levels from five to four on a front line appliance.
Graham Vaux, brigade secretary of the FBU in Leicestershire, said: â€œThere is no way these cuts can be achieved safely. This is a choice between continuing a world class professional fire service or cutting frontline firefighters, fire engines and reducing our ability to keep the public safe.”
â€œItâ€™s important that in the last few weeks of the consultation that the public have their say on what they want for the future of the fire and rescue service locally.”
â€œThese proposals will increaseÂ response times toÂ 999 emergencyÂ calls and first attending crews could have to wait for support before carrying out rescues, this is unacceptable.”
You can complete the consultation survey atÂ www.leicestershire-fire.gov.uk/IRMPÂ or emailÂ [email protected]
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