Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service need to re-think their plans to cut frontline services after a string of public meetings found widespread anger over the controversial proposals, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has said. Residents at a consultation meeting in Lincoln stormed out in protest at the plans.
The proposals under consideration would see a 50% reduction of Rescue Support Units that carry the specialist equipment needed to perform complex and intricate rescues. Lincoln South fire station is also at risk of being closed during the night when firefighters are most likely to be called out to emergencies.
Ben Selby, chair of the FBU in Lincolnshire, said: “These proposed cuts have hit a chord with the public who are clearly angry about plans that would put them and their communities at greater risk. It is now up to fire chiefs to go back to the drawing board and produce an alternative plan that doesn’t impact on the safety of locals.
“In the past few weeks, we’ve heard how Road Traffic Collisions are significantly rising in the county. Surely we want our fire service to respond without delay and be fully equipped to perform their role. The public has seen a 4% rise in council tax this year but will be receiving a worse service. This is outrageous.”
The FBU in Lincolnshire is encouraging people to complete the consultation form that can be found via the Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue website.