Responding to David Cameron referring to himself as a firefighter battling to put out fires in government Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union general secretary, said:Â â€œFirefighters will be appalled that David Cameron has the gall to draw comparisons between himself and the lifesaving service firefighters provide.
â€œUnder Cameronâ€™s leadership the fire and rescue service has been decimated by funding cuts and the pensions of thousands of firefighters stolen.
â€œCameron has put the public at risk as emergency 999 response times continue to rise and fire engines are now frequently understaffed.
â€œIf Cameron really thought like a firefighter then he would recognise the funding crisis hitting the fire and rescue service and work to resolve it.â€
The unions sounding the alarm report found that since 2010 budgets in the fire and rescue service have been cut by 20%, over 5,000 frontline firefighter jobs have been lost and over 40 fire stations have closed.
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