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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 October 2007

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.

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Marching in support of the Burslem 12

Anger at Leighton, Crozier and Brown

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War and terrorism

Anti-war movement upholds right to protest

Burmese students join London march


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Socialist Party news and analysis

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Super-rich super-donators

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Workplace news and analysis

Civil servants march against cuts and privatisation

Bolton care workers fight on

National Shop Stewards Network holds meetings around the country


 

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