Fife fire-fighters demonstrate against feared cuts

The Fife Fire Brigades Union members took their campaign to the Scottish Parliament
The Fife Fire Brigades Union members took their campaign to the Scottish Parliament
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FIFE Fire Brigade Union members have been deomonstrating at the Scottish Parliament, saying front line services are now “under attack”.

As part of a cuts campaign held at Holyrood on members of the Fife branch of the union deomonstrated against the two per cent year on year reduction of the Kingdom’s fire service budget since 2005.

The union has said that with the idea of a single fire service for Scotland becoming more likely, the period of change in the iterim has already seen huge budget cuts and employment freezes.

Graeme Birtley, chair of the union, said: “The public in Fife deserve a fully funded local fire service which is able to respond safely to the needs of the community.

‘‘The budget over the last five years has been cut to the point that it is now beginning to impact on the front line. We are the only fire and rescue service in Scotland that does not replace firefighters when they retire and as such has resulted in a reduction in the number of firefighters that are available. Because of this fire appliances are now being mobilised with less firefighters which impacts on firefighter and public safety.”