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Fire service union warning against budget cuts

Scottish firefighters rescued more than 3,500 people last year.

That’s according to new figures, released by the Fire Brigades Union – which also show over 85% of people were saved from non-fire related incidents.

The union’s warning potential budget cuts could lead to a further lack of resources.

The Fire and Rescue Service’s budget has fallen by 12% since 2012/13.

Chris McGlone, FBU Scotland Executive Council member, said:

“While firefighters continue to protect their communities from fires, these figures show that their role has vastly expanded. The Scottish government needs to properly fund their vital role responding to flooding, hazardous chemical spillages, road traffic collisions, lift rescues and other hazardous incidents.

“Firefighters are rescuing more people year on year and while we welcome recent funding which has enabled the service to increase recruitment, firefighter jobs in Scotland have still been cut by 15% since 2012/13 – it’s the hard work of firefighters that is propping up the service. These figures make it clear that fire and rescue cuts put the public at risk to more than just fires. This is a matter of public safety.”

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