The Fire Brigades Union are holding a rally against the dangerous cuts being planned by Cleveland Fire Authority.
Speakers will include FBU president Alan McLean, MP for Middlesbrough Andy McDonald and MP for Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland Tom Blenkinsop.
£6,000,000 budget cuts imposed by the Tory-Lib Dem Coalition will lead to 130 job losses, including a quarter of the brigade's firefighters, slower response times, less specialist equipment and fewer home/school fire safety visits. The reduced service will significantly increase risk to public and firefighters alike.
Please come along and show your support for this vital public service and the excellent work being done by our firefighters.
The rally is being held on Saturday 8 February at 1.30pm by the Bottle of Notes sculpture in Centre Square, Middlesbrough TS1 2AZ. The Bottle of Notes is outside Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. Directions can be found on Google Maps at http://goo.gl/maps/jEyB8.
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The cuts being proposed by Cleveland Fire Authority would mean:
- The loss of five full-time fire engines to be replaced with part-time (on call) crewing.
- The loss of 130 full-time firefighter jobs (more than 25%).
- The permanent closure of Marine fire station in Middlesbrough town centre, which serves the two highest risk wards in Cleveland.
- The loss of an as yet unknown number of ‘back office’ jobs.
- Less specialist equipment.
- A deterioration in quality training time.
- A reduced ability to carry out essential community fire safety and prevention work, including advice and visits.
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