Rather than just accept these enormous cuts forced upon us by central government, the fire authority along with chief fire officer Lee Howell should tell the coalition government that this scale of cuts is unacceptable, risks destroying the fabric of this important service, and ultimately puts more lives at risk.
If the cuts proposed go through, there will be fewer firefighters, fewer fire stations and fewer fire engines. After the recent floods and fires firefighters have dealt with so professionally, the cuts would be a real kick in the teeth for both the public and the service. The FBU is asking people in our communities to stand up against damaging proposals for the fire and rescue service before it is too late.
More top news
The recent deaths of pop stars David Bowie and Prince will be marked at this summer's festival.
Badminton Horse Trials is best known for the cross country course on Saturday, but day 1 still saw plenty of visitors.
The Squirrel in Wellington is now the town's museum but the old pub used to be a regular stop off among members of the Cycling Touring Club