The following are extracts from an article which has appeared in the April 2011 edition of the Fire Brigades Union magazine –Firefighter. It accords with the concerns raised in this campaign time and time again…
‘Night cover saves lives’
‘The Fire Brigades Union can reveal new figures which show that the risk of injury or death at night is more than double the risk during the day.
The union is urging government ministers and fire authorities to stop trying to cut cover at night as part of their penny-pinching.
Statistics obtained by the FBU from the department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) indicate that house fires at night are more than twice as likely to result in injury or death than during the day.
The times recorded are those when the fire was first reported to the fire and rescue service. Therefore many early morning fires may have started earlier in the night.
There can be no mistaking the importance of night cover. This is the time when the public is most at risk. It is the time when firefighters are needed to effect rescues and prevent further calamity. The FBU will continue to stand up for night cover.
This is the time when the public is most at risk. It is the time when firefighters are needed to effect rescues and prevent further calamity’.