Speaking about claims the West Midlands Fire Service are cutting firefighter jobs and taking fire engines off the road, Paul Cockburn, FBU brigade secretary said:
"The public rightly expect an efficient and effective fire and rescue service to be able to deal with a multitude of emergencies.
"The West Midlands fire service have committed themselves to keep the current 38 fire stations open. The public may be relieved to hear that and reassured when they see the lights still on. But they must be made aware that behind the fire station doors, the service they receive is changing: fewer traditional fire engines, more small fire units with limited capacity, fewer firefighters, less capacity to cope with large incidents and less resilience."
"It is clear to the FBU that there is less and less scope with each passing day to make further cuts to the service. Any future reductions to funding, when added to those already identified, will mean a drastically different service for the West Midlands' public."
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