Fire cuts will kill

Thursday, 14 December 2017

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THE Northern Ireland Fire Brigade Union have sparked a blazing row with their Chief, warning that his plans to downgrade Antrim's busy station will inevitably put lives on the line.
Chief Fire and Rescue Officer Gary Thompson started his career in Antrim back in 1994 - but an economy drive to balance the books has left the town's full-time cover in the firing line.
Stephen Boyd, Regional Secretary of the Northern Ireland Fire Brigade Union, highlighted what he called the 'catastrophic impact' of slashing full-time cover by 40 per cent - and axing the weekend teams altogether.
The union boss fears that the people of Antrim could pay a terrible price for the money men putting hard cash over public safety.
*Read the full story in this week's Antrim Guardian


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