NEARLY one in five front-line firefighter jobs have been cut since 2010, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said yesterday.
The union has written to all MPs in Britain warning that continued “savage” cuts seriously threaten public safety.
It said figures a post-war record of 11,000 jobs had gone in the past seven years.
The cuts include almost 8,000 full-time firefighters and nearly 3,000 “retained” (oncall) workers.
FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “After a tragedy like Grenfell Tower, the public need to feel safe. It is very clear just how badly we need adequate numbers of professional, trained firefighters to tackle these sorts of — thankfully rare — disasters.
“Our fire and rescue service is being cut to the bone. It needs investment, not more cuts.”
Following a paltry 2 per cent pay offer, Nick Chard, spokesman for the National Joint Council Employers Group, which represents local authorities, said: “We share the view of firefighters, and the unions, that they deserve to be paid more.”