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Firefighters warn of unsafe cuts in Tyne and Wear

Firefighters expressed both shock and anger at the announcement from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority (TWFRA) that due to government cuts to the tune of £3.6m they intend to make further cuts to an already dangerously depleted service. At a fire authority meeting this week they agreed to a...

Fire Brigades Union condemns attacks on firefighters

Today, as the Scottish Parliament debates attacks on emergency service workers and thanks them for all the work they do - the Fire Brigades Union condemns verbal and physical attacks on firefighters during one of the busiest periods of the year. This year, on bonfire night, Operational Fire...

Herts politicians consider plans to cut a further 50 firefighter jobs

Hertfordshire’s politicians have revealed that they plan to make a further round of cuts to the county’s fire and rescue service despite the government commitment to ‘end austerity’. The draft integrated risk management plan (IRMP) for the next five years sets out a raft of proposals that...

Firefighter jobs continue to be slashed stoking safety fears

The Tory government continues to cut firefighter jobs in England, despite the service dealing with more incidents, more fires, and more fire deaths. Since 2009, the number of firefighters has decreased by 23%.   As of 31 March 2018, there were 32,340 firefighters (full time equivalent),...

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