I am Mark Rowe I have been a firefighter in Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service for 28yrs and I will not remain silent.
Most organisations have a social media policy but sometimes there are some things that are so important they must be said regardless of any personal consequences. If anybody wishes to report me to my employer please feel free to do so because the things I am about to say I believe to be undisputed facts. I am the Brigade Secretary of Merseyside Fire Brigades Union so I speak with authority, with knowledge and with facts.
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service has over the past 5yrs (as a consequence of the Conservative led coalition and now as the Conservative majority government) been forced to cut the number of fire engines from 42 to 28, this number will be cut again shortly to 24. There will, by the end of 2020, potentially have been 10 Community Fire Station closures taking the numbers down from 26 to 16 (potentially less in worst case scenarios). Fire deaths since 2005 in Merseyside have trebled, cuts cost lives is not just a soundbite it is a reality.
Due to these Conservative cuts fire engines have to travel from further afield as attendance times have increased. The majority of Community Fire Stations now have only one fire engine so if that fire engine is already at a fire back up engines have to travel from significantly further away. The second fire engine responding to your house fire also as a consequence has to travel from further away. Slower attendance times mean fires are more developed by the time firefighters get to the scene increasing risk to the public and also to firefighters who are committed into a more developed fire environment. Firefighter numbers have been cut in just over a decade from 1200 to 680 and as a result of the next round of Conservative cuts that number will fall to potentially 460 or less. It is my view that members of the public will continue to die as a result of these cuts and that those deaths will increase.
Shocking situation,surely even tory voters cant believe this shoule be happening
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