The fire and rescue service has reached a crisis point in its history. The next five years will determine what kind of service it will be for decades to come: either a first-class, professional fire and rescue service; or an increasingly threadbare, fragmented and piecemeal sticking plaster.
The FBU will step up our campaign to defend the fire and rescue service. Firefighters want investment, not cuts to our service. But we are not Neanderthal defenders of the status quo – the fire and rescue service can do more to help communities remain safe and can improve the conditions under which firefighters work. The FBU is willing to discuss serious proposals for improving the service with both government and our employers.