I support Steve Howley of the Fire Brigade Union in his view that the actions of the chief fire officer in sending firefighters home was ludicrous and could have resulted in a potential fatality.
Why has the fire service brought these vehicles into use instead of a proper fire appliance? So they can turn up at a house fire and maybe organise a bucket chain c.1666 until a real fire engine arrives! Welcome to the future. North Yorkshire has closed most of the village fire stations, so that places like Snainton are at least 15 - 20 minutes for a real fire engine to arrive.
However, if there is already a “shout” it could be longer before an appliance arrives. As in hospitals lives could be lost to balance the books.
We are paying increased council tax while a Tory government, county council and borough council preside over the demolition of the NHS, fire service, education, police, transport and council services.
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Libraries and the Youth Service now rely on volunteers to run a skeleton service.
Will the fire service be next as unpaid volunteers (Dad’s Army) man the buckets?
We are living in a rich country, and can afford properly funded public services, instead we are returning to a Victorian penny pinching nightmare.