The Fire Brigades Union has warned IT issues in North West and East Coast emergency fire control rooms are creating dangerous delays in emergency response.
The union has issued five Safety Critical Notices to those fire controls demanding the problems are urgently addressed, as control rooms handle a large rise in storm-related calls.
IT failures can cause a delay of up to eight minutes, impacting the ability of control rooms to mobilise firefighters, fire engines, and other emergency resources to incidents.
North West Fire Control's 5,000 square mile remit covers a population of 5.5 million people, handling emergency calls for Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester fire services. It includes Manchester International airport and Sellafield nuclear facility.
Andrew Fox-Hewitt from the Fire Brigades Union says bosses are ignoring their safety concerns:
- Ged Basson, Senior Operations Manager for North West Fire Control said: