Firefighters in Cornwall will march in protest on Thursday of next week against plans by the county council to axe one in six full-time firefighter posts and cut night cover at Cambourne and Falmouth stations.
The demonstration is being organised by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and received the unanimous backing of the national union at its recent annual conference in Southport.
“These cuts are driven for purely financial reasons, they are not about improving safety,” said Terry Nottle, secretary of Cornwall FBU. “But any financial savings would be wiped out by the loss of a one large house or one small business.”
The Cornwall cuts plan – which would see the loss of 35 full-time firefighter posts out of the county’s current 206 staff – is the latest in a series of attempts to drive through neoliberal “reforms” in the fire service that would compromise public safety.
Similar cuts plans have already met resistance from the FBU – including strike action – in areas such as Merseyside, Hertfordshire and Suffolk.
Assemble 10am, Thursday 31 May, at Union Place in Truro for march to Lemon Quay. For more details go to www.fbu.org.uk