Fire chiefs warn ministers: plans for more cuts will cost lives
Six chief fire officers set out ‘potentially catastrophic impact’ of continuing cutsBy David Hencke | 21 September 2012
There would be an increase in deaths and injuries due to longer attendance times
Jamie Courtney, South Yorkshire’s chief fire officer
Chief fire officers from six of England’s biggest metropolitan areas have issued a stark warning to ministers that continued cuts will cost lives.
If government cuts continue at the same pace, they would have a “potentially catastrophic impact”. They warn that it would lead to increased deaths from fires, longer response times and reduced ability to tackle terrorism, riots and natural disasters.
The cuts would lead to the sacking of front-line firefighters and provoke strikes, they say in a dramatic submission to a government spending review.
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