Dan Palmer (29) and Josh Newlove (19) issued a “cautious” welcome to the decision by Humberside Fire Authority, under pressure from local Labour politicians and the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), to reject a Management plan to reduce crew numbers attending incidents from five to four fire fighters.
Richard Walker, local Secretary of the FBU told LoveYourPolitics that the crew reduction was, “the proposal that our members were most affected by, and it was the most contentious part of the plan so they will be pleased”.
However the Authority did approve measures to remove full time fire fighters from specialist appliances, which attend car crashes, and to reduce 74 posts from across the region.
Mr. Palmer told the media that the FBU had briefed him that the plans, “would lead to delays in getting crews to someone who is trapped in a car following a traffic collision. Richard Walker has told us that he is worried that the Golden Hour, that vital period when you have the best chance to save people who are involved in a crash, may be lost and never got back. Naturally we are worried about the possible impact on the residents of Anlaby and Anlaby Common”.
Mr. Newlove concluded by saying, “We are pleased the Authority has listened to reason on the crewing issue and the pressure that Labour4Tranby and the FBU has brought to bear has produced results, but the cuts agreed yesterday are still a major worry. We challenge the local Lib Dems to tell us how they would handle this attack on local services which may ultimately cost more to the NHS in unnecessary injuries and even fatalities, when they are tied to the hip with this cuts mad Tory led Coalition Government”.