#Conservative Government all too happy to ‘thank’ firefighters for their efforts in floods but CONTINUES cutting and dismantling the service

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In the past two months storms have devastated large parts of the UK and left many communities flooded and in ruins.

The instant response from firefighters rescuing those trapped and assisting with the clear up operation has clearly shown the need for a fully funded fire and rescue service.

Government is all too happy to publically ‘thank’ firefighters for their efforts but are still content to dismantle the service reducing its ability to respond to major events such as flooding.

During the course of the last parliament:

  • Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service seen a reduction of 87 firefighters (12.6%).
  • Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service seen a reduction of 241 firefighters (18.3%)
  • Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service seen a reduction 171 firefighters (18.6%)
  • North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service seen a reduction of 78 firefighters (10%)

There is no sign of the cuts stopping. In Cumbria alone, the county council is currently consulting on proposals to close five retained fire stations with the loss of 40 jobs

The FBU has released a new video to highlight this issue and encourage people to get involved in our campaign.

Please watch and share the video as widely as possible:

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