A motion to Trafford Council’s January meeting will call upon the government to action to protect fire service budgets in light of the superb job done by fire fighters whose role in tackling the recent floods across Greater Manchester went a long way to minimising the devastation caused. The motion – which calls for fire spending to be protected in the same way as Police budgets – will be moved on the 20th January. Cllr David Acton, the Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Authority said in support of the Trafford Labour Motion to Trafford Council:
" Over the last five years GM Fire Service has faced Government cuts of £28M which has resulted in significant reductions in Firefighters and Fire Engines. The recent Government announcement of a further cut of nearly £16M relates to a further reduction of 300 firefighters. This undoubtably will result in longer response times which will put at risk the safety of our residents in Trafford and Greater Manchester The Fire Service is on the frontline of every crises. This was highlighted in the recent Floods across Greater Manchester where firefighters rescued nearly 1,000 people from flooded homes. The Service was stretched to the maximum. Our firefighters do a superb job in very dangerous and difficult situations here. However there is a limit to how much you can cut the fire service before you put in jeopardy the whole resilience of the Service. It is my belief we have reached that point now. " enough is enough".
I say to Government, like the police, the Fire Service should be protected from further Government cuts"
Cllr David Acton Chair GMFRA