The Fire Brigades Union has announced a nationwide ‘Ring of Fire’ tour of the UK to highlight the impact the government’s austerity agenda is having on the fire and rescue service.
The 20 date tour, which kicks off in Liverpool on 9 September, will promote the union’s recently published report Sounding the alarm: the future of the fire and rescue service which has found funding for the service has been cut by more than 20% during this parliament, that 5000 frontline firefighter jobs have been cut and 999 emergency response times have increased significantly.
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: ‘Firefighters want to warn the public about the threat to the UK fire and rescue service from central government cut backs.
‘Firefighters want to continue doing a great job but their profession is being undermined by deep cuts to the service.
‘I urge the public to come to their local event and talk to firefighters about the threat to their profession.’
Along the tour, firefighters will be joined by special guests including local politicians, singers and comedians to make the event a special day out for all the family.
Entry to the event is free and each event will kick off from midday.