One in six Humber/Yorks firefighting jobs slashed

Published: Tuesday 29th December 2015 by The News Editor

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Firefighting jobs are disappearing faster from the Humber and Yorkshire region than almost anywhere else, according to new statistics.

Around one in six posts (17.4%) have been slashed during the last five years, Fire Brigades Union (FBU) officials say.

Only one other area has suffered bigger cuts over this time frame – the North West of England with 22.3%.

It means that nearly 7,000 uniformed firefighting posts nationwide have been cut during a five-year period.

The unions claims the entire service is becoming “dismantled”. It warns that station closures and job losses could bring a “disastrous” knock-on effect on people’s safety.

A total of 6,716 fire service jobs, including control room employees and full-time and retained firefighters, across the country have gone in this time – a fall of 14.5%.

A total of 30 local fire stations, including 10 in London, have closed in this time – a drop of 2.1%.

Matt Wrack, general secretary of the FBU, said: “Our figures show that the fire and rescue service in England is effectively being dismantled, and the very worrying thing is that it’s not going to end here – we know more cuts are on their way.”

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Published: Tuesday 29th December 2015 by The News Editor

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