FIREFIGHTERS in Tower Hamlets, east London, have voted 122 to 21 on a 55 percent turnout for action to stop them being used as a replacement ambulance service. They voted to boycott training on the use of defibrillator machines, which management want to impose not to help the public, but to get firefighters doing paramedics' jobs. Local GP and Respect supporter Kambiz Boomla explained to an 80-strong FBU meeting last week how international studies have shown no benefit for heart attack victims from such "co-responder" schemes.
MEMBERS OF the FBU's Devon brigade committee were to meet on Tuesday to discuss action over the loss of 12 jobs and service cuts. "We put our case clearly at the Devon fire authority meeting," says Tam McFarlane of the FBU's South Western Region. "But Labour councillors abstained rather than voting against the cuts, so they are going through."