GOVERNMENT plans to hand the running of fire services to police and crime commissioners have been slammed by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU).
FBU general secretary Matt Wrack was speaking at a meeting of the parliamentary committee for the Policing & Crime Bill yesterday.
Fire services are currently run by fire authorities made up of elected local councillors.
Mr Wrack said: “It’s no secret that we don’t support this shift. There is no appetite among firefighters and there is no public appetite for it. We have grave concerns.”
He said the plan is being seen very much as a takeover, largely because of the size of the police service compared to fire.
“The fire & rescue service is a unique brand that has pioneered collaborative and preventative work. Anything that puts that at risk should be closely scrutinised,” he said.