Leicestershire firefighters have said it is their moral duty to fight proposals to cut services in the county after Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service published its Integrated Risk Management Plan.
The ‘Proposals for Change’ document contains several proposals that would cut three fire engines, reduce the number of firefighters per fire engine, disband the resilience team and force firefighters to be on duty for 24 hours plus.
Graham Vaux, secretary of the FBU in Leicestershire, said: “We cannot allow these proposals to be accepted. It is our moral duty to fight for the safety of the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
“The fire services document makes a number of unqualified sweeping statements and general assertions based upon a selective use of data.
“The FBU are keen to work with management to develop alternative proposals to save money that can be achieved safely. These current proposals are not safe for the public or firefighters.”
In a detailed response to these plans the FBU in Leicestershire point out:
- 72 operational frontline firefighters have been cut in the past 10 years
- The service plans to cut a further 104 firefighter posts over the next 5 years
- Response times have slowed by almost two minutes already
- The IRMPs suggested impact on response times for support (secondary) engines is inaccurate
- Number of rescues carried out in areas to lose fire engines has risen in the last 5 years
- No task/time analysis has been carried out by LFRS
- The public face the prospect of a fire service ‘postcode lottery’
- Firefighter locally need to be properly resourced and funded
You can read the FBU in Leicestershire’s report here.