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Money Saved By Fire Authority

Thursday February 21 2013




MORE than £70,000 has been saved by the Fire Authority.

The news comes after more firefighters than expected left the service - but the Fire Brigades Union have said they should be replaced.

The £73,064 underspend was revealed as part of the authority's revised budget for spending to the end of December.

But John Gilliver, secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, said fire-fighters who had left should be replaced.

"The underspend for this full financial year is £3.1m. Year on year they have had significant underspend,'' said John. ''The reason why is because of additional people going - they should replace them. The fire service is overstretched and it's a disgrace they're not recruiting.''

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Reply Posted by rainbow on Thursday February 21 2013 at 12:12
£70,000 is only a tiny fraction of the budget so its not much of a saving really. Putting fires out is not rocket science, there was no Fire Brigade down the mines, we had to deal with it ourselves. One day a years training is what miners got and we seemed to manage ok in a much more dangerous environment than you find most other places.??

Reply Posted by Penny on Thursday February 21 2013 at 13:17
That's one way of looking at it, Rainbow but I wonder if you'd think the same if it was you stuck in a burning building - or maybe trapped in a car wreck & needed cutting free. Firefighters do so much more than just put out fires!

Reply Posted by X on Thursday February 21 2013 at 23:30
Rainbow, stunning example! Your a genius, I wonder why the pits closed with such multi skilled people like you, maybe you should be a shop steward or something !, I hear the fire service a looking for part time volunteers !!! LOL

Reply Posted by rainbow on Sunday February 24 2013 at 22:38
Would love to be a part time fireman, could brush up on my snooker skills whilst waiting for the fire alarm to ring.