Essex fire chiefs are splashing out £20 million on a new headquarters for themselves—as the county’s firefighters take industrial action over job cuts.
Fire boss David Johnson last month refused to sign a deal to end the dispute over reductions in firefighters, sparking the new action.
He has said it would be “entirely reckless” to commit to not making even more cuts until after the government’s 20 October review.
Keith Flynn, Essex FBU union secretary, said, “Firefighters across Essex are furious. They see millions of pounds being committed to HQ while managers are turning up at fire stations warning firefighters of the worst cuts in Essex’s history.”