Shock figures show that 10,000 firefighter jobs have been lost in the last six years with a warning that the service has reached “breaking point.”
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) says one-in-five firefighters have beeen axed and another round of government cuts will put lives at risk.
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: Thanks to the government, there are now 10,000 fewer firefighters across the UK to save people’s lives at fires, floods, car crashes, building collapses, lift rescues, road traffic accidents and industrial disasters.
“The public deserve a first rate emergency service, not one that has been unrelentingly slashed to the bone.
Politicians seem to justify the unprecedented cuts by repeating the line that there are fewer fires nowadays.
“This masks the real work the fire and rescue service undertake – 90% of the rescues they undertake are at non-fire emergencies.
“The modern day fire and rescue service is an all hazard emergency service – one that needs to be funded properly.
According to FBU statistics 9,668 firefighter jobs have been axed across the UK since 2010 as government funding to the service has been cut by 30%.
An FBU analysis earlier this year found that central government funding is likely to be cut by a further 20% by the end of the current parliament.
The government’s own figures, released by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) in December last year, have revealed that response times to fires are now at their slowest for 20 years.
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