"It is not just the Fire Brigades Union warning about this. Increasingly others in the fire service, including chief officers, are concerned over our ability to deliver this essential service.
"Fire stations are being closed and fire engines are being axed. Last year alone a further 1,200 firefighter jobs were cut.
"All these cuts mean a poorer service for the public. They mean waiting longer for a fire engine if you have a fire or other emergency."
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