Fire Service carrying out 42 per cent more rescues.(News)

There has been a 42 per cent increase in the number of people rescued by the Fire Service from fires in the home. And nine out of ten are being rescued alive by the Fire Service according to the Fire Brigades Union.

But the union warned there is no room for complacency or cuts to the service. It said some chief fire officers were deliberately underplaying the rescue role of the Fire Service to justify cuts.

The FBU called on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to educate chief fire officers and fire authority councillors to assist them in making decisions based on facts rather than widely held myths. The Chief Fire Officer of Northumberland, Brian Hesler, has recently claimed that 80 per cent of people are dead before the fire service is even called--a comment "typical of the wrong information being peddled to the public", according to the FBU. …

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