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Firefighters blast Cumbria County Councillors

ANGRY firefighters have told Cumbria County Councilors of their “disgust” at what they describe as “apathy” in the elected members’ failure to fight fire service cuts.

Barrow fire union spokesman Ben Jones said they were saddened that people elected to represent them had failed to fight harder to save vital services.

In an open letter to the councillors, the firefighters said: “We wish to express our disgust at your apathy to lose two front-line emergency fire engines for our towns. “

Mr Jones added that it would seem the revised proposal made by Cumbria County Council Cabinet on January 30 came at the expense of emergency fire cover for this area, adding that he could only conclude that the other local councillors in Cumbria put up a stronger opposition.

He said: “It would seem that all the proposals for the other towns and villages in Cumbria have been withdrawn and they have retained their two fire engines, leaving Barrow and Dalton to be covered by four firefighters manning one fire engine. I do not need to remind you of the massive industry unique to Barrow and large population in the two towns to see how ridiculous this decision seems.

“The resilience pump mentioned which has been thrown in at the last minute to satisfy the conscience of those making the decision will no doubt make everyone feel safe. However this unmanned red herring, white elephant or at best museum piece will simply occupy a bay of Barrow fire station to satisfy the people of Barrow driving past that we still have two fire engines. It is proposed to be there to deal with major incidents and not house fires, road traffic collisions, flooding, rescues, chemical incidents, confined spaces, water incidents. These will have to be dealt with by the four people left.

“It is only fair that I will give you as representatives of the local area the opportunity to inform the people of Barrow and Dalton why you appear to support the cabinet decision.

“Now is your chance to explain your decision to the people of Barrow and Dalton, who will no doubt look forward to your reply.”

Have your say

CCC officers are meeting at Kendal tomorrow to sign these cuts to Barrow and Dalton off, the only towns in the whole of Cumbria to be affected. Strangely the Barrow and Dalton have a bigger population than the combined towns of Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Add to these we find our local members of CCC VOTED FOR CUTS HERE!
Last Monday I delivered a letter to the office of our MP John Woodcock he was at the time in London, so I left the letter with his office and emailed a copy to him. Now, 10 days later not even an acknowledgement.
If our local councillors and MP cannot come out in support of our essential services then they should stand down. It is nothing but a disgrace, remember this when they stand for council in May they are not worth a vote. They are not interested in the town they stand for, one would think they are conservative backing their policies.

Posted by June on 12 February 2014 at 15:10

If these Cumbria County Councillors were supposedly elected on the premise of fighting against the fire fighting cuts then they should hang their heads in shame at there apathetic attitude towards to the people of Barrow, Dalton, Ulverston & beyond.
These cut backs in this essential, vital service is-in a word-going to let people die!
Have they ANY idea that when a fire or an accident occurs anywhere that time is of the most importance at get the services there?
What if two or three incidents occur at the same time? there WILL be fatalities!
And to make matters worse-along with the general publics anger-where the hell is the fight back from the opposition parties & other councillors who seem to do absolutely nothing?
There should be an all out indefinite strike at opposing these cuts-it is the only way to stop this madness!

Posted by Charlie on 11 February 2014 at 21:34

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