Alan Jones - 27 December 2018
FIREFIGHTERS are responding to a soaring number of incidents in England despite their numbers being slashed by a fifth, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) warned today.
Fire incidents rose by 3 per cent to just under 170,000 in the last year, the highest number for four years, according to the FBU.
Since 2010-11, more than 9,000 fire and rescue service jobs in England have been lost – 20 per cent – the number of full-time firefighters has fallen by just under 6,500 and the number of fire control room staff has reduced by 433, the FBU says.... See more
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