The Fire Brigades Union today commented on the Knight Review of the fire service. FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “The review of the fire and rescue service by Ken Knight is just a fig leaf for slashing our fire and rescue service to bits. David Cameron has promised to protect front line services. That has been exposed as a lie over the past three years as the fire service has faced the biggest cuts in its history.
“It is not just the Fire Brigades Union warning about this. Increasingly others in the fire service, including Chief Officers, are concerned over our ability to deliver this essential service. Fire stations are being closed and fire engines are being axed. Last year alone a further 1,200 firefighter jobs were cut. All these cuts mean a poorer service for the public. They mean waiting longer for a fire engine if you have a fire or other emergency.
Ken Knight is attempting to bury all these facts in order to justify further cuts in the government’s forthcoming spending review.”
Francis Beckett 07813 001372
17th May 2013