If you vote Conservative on 8th June, you are voting for more people to die preventably in house fires
#ToryCutsKill #FireServiceCutsKill: The latest figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government show…
The latest figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government show that 294 people died in fires in England during 2015, an increase of 21% compared with the 242 deaths recorded in 2014 and the largest increase since figures were published in 2001-02.
Nearly 10,000 firefighter jobs have been cut in the last six years.
The Conservative minister for policing and the fire service, Brandon Lewis, says there’s room for even more reductions beyond the 30% cuts. The fire service faces cumulative budget cuts of up to 50% by 2020, from 2010 levels.
“The budget cuts have seen the loss of frontline firefighters, response times getting longer, stations closing and fire prevention measures reduced too,” said a statement from the chief fire officers from the six largest English cities outside London.
The Fire Brigades Union said the outcome of a fatal fire in Merseyside ‘could have been different’ if a local fire station had not been closed. An elderly couple from the Wirral were tragically killed in the blaze, which broke out at their home, as fire crews missed their target response time due to five fire engines in the area attending a warehouse fire. A fire engine attended the house fire from Upton fire station but remained without any backup for more than 10 minutes until a second engine arrived.
The station at West Kirby, which was located nearest to where the blaze broke out, closed last year as Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service attempts to axe £11m from its budget by 2019-20. The FBU said that budget cuts to Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service has seen its number of fire engines available to respond to emergencies cut from 42 to just 28.
Fire services also deal with floods, car crashes, building collapses, lift rescues, road traffic accidents and industrial disasters.
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- “Firefighters blame cuts for 15% increase in fire-related deaths“, Sky News, 7 Apr 2017
- “Fire deaths rise by 21% as chiefs issue cuts warning“, Guardian, 26 Apr 2016
- “Questions raised over fire service budget cuts after fatal fire in Merseyside“, Fire Industry Association, 23 Mar 2016