Local Government

Suffolk firefighters take campaign against funding cuts to Westminster

Firefighters from Suffolk are meeting MPs in Westminster today to discuss funding cuts and concerns that a lack of funding is putting people at risk.

This comes just weeks after Suffolk Fire Brigades Union launched its 'Rescue Suffolk Fire' campaign to lobby against funding cuts that have resulted in the slowest response times in East Anglia, unsafe Fire Engine crewing — with some engines being cut from five crew to three —and no money to train on duty.

Karen Lee, Shadow Fire Minister has also asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has made a recent assessment of the adequacy of Suffolk Fire Service’s fire engine crewing levels, emergency response times, delivery of training and firefighter numbers; and if he will make a statement.

In response, Nick Hurd, Minister of State, said: "The independent inspection of Suffolk Fire Service is underway, led by HMICFRS (Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services) with a final inspection report anticipated in December.

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