"Just a fig leaf for slashing our fire and rescue service to bits": Matt Wrack, general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union

"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."

– Matt Wrack, general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union

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Fire services could save £200m

Fire and rescue services in England could save up to £200 million a year if they were operated more efficiently, according to a report.