Firefighters fear for their safety

PUBLISHED: 14:18 21 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:29 15 June 2010

THE majority of East Devon's fire-fighters believe that Government proposals to create eight big new fire control rooms for the whole country will mean firefighters are less safe.

THE majority of East Devon's fire-fighters believe that Government proposals to create eight big new fire control rooms for the whole country will mean firefighters are less safe.Plans to close all 46 emergency fire control rooms in England and replace them with eight regional centres outside London got comprehensive thumbs down from firefightersMost have no confidence in the government's ability to create a national network of regional fire controls which work well, according to a YouGov poll of FBU members commissioned by the Fire Brigades Union.They also think insufficient or inadequate training is compromising firefighters' safety - while a majority want an end to cuts in frontline personnel, and most do not feel the government values them.Asked what were the four best ways of spending money on improving the fire and rescue service, nine out of 10 (90 per cent) said more training, nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) said more frontline personnel, and nearly six out of 10 (58 per cent) said modern and safe personal radios.Just one in 100 suggested moving to regional control centres."This is the authentic voice of the men and women who save lives every day," said the FBU regional secretary for the south west John Drake.


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