On Monday, 19th February, Avon fire authority proposed to stop cuts to 40 firefighter posts following a campaign led by firefighters.

This will halt the fire authority’s decision made this Autumn to cut 40 wholetime (full time) firefighter posts and reduce fire engine crews from 5 firefighters to 4 across the service.

The Fire Brigades Union had warned that these cuts presented a danger to the public and firefighters. Firefighters were joined by supporters at a rally of over 60 people outside the fire authority meeting today.

Fire authority members are expected to formalise the decision at their next meeting.

Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack said: “Avon fire authority has made the right decision to listen to the concerns of the frontline and halt plans to cut 40 firefighter posts. This follows months of campaigning by Fire Brigades Union members. Today’s rally showed the impact of firefighters and the public standing together against cuts.

“The Fire Brigades Union will continue to fight to ensure that our services receive the investment they urgently need.”

Fire Brigades Union South West regional treasurer Amanda Mills said: “Firefighters in Avon fought an impressive campaign against cuts to our service. Today’s fire authority decision shows that when we stand together, for public and firefighter safety, we can win.

“It’s clear that Avon Fire and Rescue Service needs urgent and sustainable investment. The Fire Brigades Union will continue to fight for the long-term future of our vital service.”