What: Protest against cuts to Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service
Where: Shire Hall, Warwick, CV34 4RL
When: 9:15am, Thursday 2 February 2017
More than 60 firefighters in Warwickshire will find out this Thursday (2 Feb) whether their jobs are safe as the county council votes on whether to slash millions from the fire service budget.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will demonstrate outside Shire Hall, Warwick, over concerns that public safety will be put at risk if the cuts are given the go ahead.
Pete Goulden, secretary of the FBU in the West Midlands, said: “There is no way we can continue to deliver the same high standard of service to the public with these cuts.
“We will have fewer firefighters and fire engines to keep the public safe. Response times to emergencies will slow and lives that could be saved will, instead, be lost.
“We are urging Conservative councillors to vote against the cuts and instead demand a better, safer service for their constituents.”
The proposals being considered by the council would see £2.7m shaved from the fire service budget with up to 63 firefighter posts on the chopping block.
The Labour and Liberal Democrat groupings on the council have proposed a modest investment into the service over the next two years.