Sunday, January 20, 2013

Save Our Fire Service

The London Region of the Fire Brigades Union has called a lobby of the next Fire Authority meeting on Monday 21 January 2013 at 1.30pm at the London Fire Brigade headquarters at 169 Union Street, London SE1 0LL to protest at plans to close 12 fire stations, remove 18 fire engines and slash 520 firefighter posts details are online here.

UNISON's Greater London Regional Committee has encouraged UNISON members to attend if possible, and our members who work for the Fire Authority will be supporting the lobby in opposition to these cuts. Those of us who work in Lambeth have particular cause to reflect on what the FBU's Regional Secretary, Paul Embery had to say; "The helicopter crash that occurred earlier this week showed the importance of having a properly-funded, well-resourced fire service in the capital, and it is worthy of note that the first crew at the scene was mobilised from a station – Clapham – earmarked for closure and arrived within four minutes." 

We need to do all we can to oppose these cuts, which literally and very obviously threaten life and limb. If you can't get to the lobby then sign the online petition.

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