Firefighters wages make up over three-quarters of fire and rescue service budgets, so cuts to fire service funding invariably mean cuts to firefighters jobs. But it is only professional firefighters who can put out fires, deal with other emergencies and rescue people safely. Fewer firefighters puts the public at greater risk of injury and death. That’s why the Fire Brigades Union says “cuts cost lives”.
This briefing, Don’t squeeze our fire service dry, explains why the FBU opposes cuts to the fire and rescue service.
This FBU briefing shows that over one thousand firefighter jobs have been cut in the first year of the Tory-led coalition government.
On 31 January 2011, the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) confirmed its Local Government Settlement, providing figures for the central grant allocated metropolitan and combined fire authorities in England.
This FBU briefing explains why the cuts are very bad news for firefighters and the public.
This FBU rescues briefing explains the continued important of emergency intervention by fire and rescue services.