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Safety and lives are a priority before cuts to Humberside Fire Service.


6:27am 24th January 2011

More protests about cut to frontline services.

This time it's by Humberside firefighters.

They're lobbying a meeting today in which members of the Fire Authority will vote on proposed cutbacks.

Pete Smith FBU regional secretary said:

"The proposals put forward to the Humberside Fire Authority members, whether in their original form or amended will ultimately threaten the safety of the public and firefighters. Whether the reductions of operational staff are 50, 100 or 200 it is still a reduction in frontline staff and this will ultimately have a knock on effect regarding attending incidents.

"When the public ring 999 they demand the required number of fire appliances and sufficient numbers of crew members within a few minutes as lives may depend on how quickly the fire service responds in a professional capacity. This is what the public expect for paying their taxes year on year. The question must also be raised around last minute amendments to proposals that have been part of a three month consultation process. Presentations have been made and responses received in line with the original proposals yet Humberside fire and rescue service feels they can now change these proposals without consulting the very public it serves."

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