Deprecated: Function session_register() is deprecated in /home/sites/fire.org.uk/public_html/init.php on line 88 Humberside fire service plans would 'increase risk to public'
 Current Threat Level in the UK SEVERE  Issued by homeoffice.gov.uk

Forum Links

News Archive

Humberside fire service plans would 'increase risk to public'

  • 12-24-2015

Plans to cut the number of Humberside Fire and Rescue engines will "increase risk to the public and firefighters" according to the Fire Brigades Union.

Plans are to merge two stations and axe a fire engine in Immingham, in North East Lincolnshire, and also reduce engines in East Yorkshire.

The fire authority said it would not comment on the plans until a consultation began in January.

The authority proposes to save £1m from its 2016/17 budget.

Richard Walker, brigade secretary for Humberside FBU, said he was "disappointed more cuts were on the agenda" and blamed the government's austerity campaign.

"It will increase risk to the public and firefighters, everybody is concerned about job cuts, but it is mainly public safety".

"Once fire engines go they will never come back", he added.

Mr Walker said up to 24 posts could be lost in Immingham and it was unclear how many jobs could go due to the other proposals.

If the savings are approved "no further operational savings would be required" until 2019/20, according to a fire service document.

A six-week consultation is to begin on 11 January and reported to March's fire authority meeting.

A proposal to remove one full-time fire engine from Immingham was discussed in January 2014, but not approved by the authority.

Read More...........
Reproduced under licence from BBC News © 2015 BBC


Email to Friend

Fill in the form below to send this news item to a friend:

Email to Friend
* Your Name:
* Your Email:
* Friend's Name:
* Friend's Email:
* Security Image:
Security Image Generate new
Copy the numbers and letters from the security image
* Message:

Forum Login

Please login or register to our forum.

IFPA Spopnsor
RIFA advert
/home/sites/fire.org.uk/public_html/