Thursday, September 19, 2013
Firefighters oppose a proposed merger of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service with that of Cornwall say union bosses.
The South West Fire Brigades Union has hit out at the plans after was prospect was raised by Cornwall Council.
It follows Avon Fire and Rescue Authority rejecting a merger with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service earlier this year.
South West Fire Brigades Union Secretary, Phil Jordan, said: “Bigger is not always better, and firefighters believe a merger would threaten public safety in Cornwall.
“A merger would mean Cornwall would lose control of its fire and rescue service and decisions about its operation would be handed to a Fire Authority covering three counties.
“It would almost certainly lead to further losses of funding from central government fire, a loss of control in Cornwall and a loss of local knowledge when responding to fires, which can be the difference between life and death.”
Cuts to Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s budget have recently been made by their Chief Fire Officer, Lee Howell, which firefighters have said would lead to slower response times and a threat to public safety.