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West Midlands Fire Authority Ignore the Questions Put to Them Over Cuts in the Number of Front Line Appliances

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The Fire Brigades Union sent a letter to the Chief Officer and the Chair of the Authority on July 11th 2005 asking whether it would be appropriate to reduce the number of front line appliances given the high state of security in the country.

The FBU have had no response to that letter and have now become even more concerned following the recent tornado which hit the Birmingham area and that the Brigade overnight were reduced to 16 appliances at 01.24 following a number of incidents within the West Midlands area.

The cuts in September would have meant that only three front line appliances would have been available to cover the vast area of the West Midlands.

We still believe that the Brigade have not built into their reduction plan enough resilience to deal with a terrorist incident as we saw in London or the resilience to deal with large scale incidents as we have seen in the last few weeks.

The FBU Brigade committee within the West Midlands will now write to all members of the Fire Authority asking them to answer the question of whether or not they believe that the reduction of appliances is the right thing to do at this time.

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