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Cuts kill - no reductions in the fire service!
AFTER THE usual sham of 'consultation', Devon and Somerset Fire Authority have decided to axe 25 jobs in the fire service in Devon, despite a budget surplus of £1 million.
Jim Lowe, Devon Socialist Party
The jobs will go in Barnstaple, Exeter, Plymouth and Torquay and will leave these towns and cities and the areas they serve understaffed.
In the event that an aerial hydraulic platform is needed for a rescue, firefighters will have to leave their posts either staffing another engine or fighting a fire, to operate it.
It seems fire chiefs have learnt absolutely nothing from the tragedy in Newquay over the summer, when three people died in the fire at the Penhallow Hotel. Fire cuts in Cornwall meant there were not enough firefighters or working equipment locally to tackle the blaze. Firefighters and equipment had to come from Plymouth, 50 miles away.
As with the NHS and the postal services, we must fight to retain vital public services.
Cuts kill. Devon Socialist Party is campaigning for no reductions in firefighters, engines or equipment, and for firefighters to be properly paid for the dangerous but essential work they do.
The Fire Brigades Union is urging people to write to the Chief Fire Officer for Devon and Somerset to protest against these dangerous and unnecessary cuts.
Please send your letters of protest to: Chief Fire Officer, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, SHQ, Clyst St George, Exeter EX3 0NW.
In The Socialist 11 October 2007:
Socialist Party NHS campaign
What we think
War and terrorism
Socialist Party news and analysis
Socialist Party feature
International socialist news and analysis
Workplace news and analysis