British firefighters earns £29,345 to £32,533 – British MP earns £67,060 to £74,000. Fair isn’t it?

Firefighters provide an all hazard emergency response attending floods, road traffic collisions, chemical spillages, civil contingencies, industrial disasters and terrorist attacks as well as fires. Last year firefighters rescued a staggering 40,000 people. Discussions are ongoing about what further work firefighters can do in the future, as the risks to our communities change. Cutting a service that is doing some much more makes no sense. The fire service costs each of us just £50 per year. That’s amazing value for a professional lifesaving service. Many of us wouldnt,t be here today without them.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said:

“Thanks to the government, there are now ten thousand fewer firefighters across the UK to save people’s lives at fires, floods, car crashes, building collapses, lift rescues, road traffic accidents and industrial disasters. The public deserve a first-rate emergency service, not one that has been unrelentingly slashed to the bone.

“Politicians seem to justify the unprecedented cuts by repeating the line that there are fewer fires nowadays. This masks the real work the fire and rescue service undertake – 90% of the rescues they undertake are at non-fire emergencies. The modern-day fire and rescue service is an all hazard emergency service – one that needs to be funded properly.”

According to FBU statistics 9,668 firefighter jobs have been axed across the UK since 2010 as central government funding to the service has been cut by 30%.* An FBU analysis earlier this year found that central government funding is likely to be cut by a further 20% by the end of the current parliament.

The starting salary for a trainee firefighter is £22,017. When full competence is achieved, this rises to £29,345. Higher rates apply for overtime. Crew manager salaries range from £31,189 (development) to £32,533 (competent).

The basic annual salary for an MP was increased from £67,060 to £74,000 on 31 July 2015, backdated to 8 May 2015. In addition, MPs are able to claim allowances to cover the costs of running an office and employing staff, and maintaining a constituency residence and a residence in London.

With the recent attacks on Manchester then the terrible Glenfell Tower Fire, prehaps The Prime Minister should be increasing the Emergency Services wages and hiring not cutting numbers to save our lives.

What do you think?

 

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