British fire fighters who have appealed the parliament to intervene in the government's job cuts plans say they fear the coalition government's redundancies paralyze the service.
Fire brigade leaders from across England including Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham, say more cuts will lead to longer response times as front-line firefighters get sacked.
This comes as the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has warned that the fire services are already victims to “disproportionate cuts” by the government since April 2011.
DCLG predicts that if the cuts continue at the same pace until the next general election in 2015, fire brigades experience a “potentially catastrophic impact”.
According to figures obtained under Freedom of Information regulations, authorities cut 2172 jobs including 1,457 firefighters only in the previous financial year.
The situation has raised serious concerns among fire brigade leaders.
Dan Stevens, Merseyside’s chief fire officer, said the 27 percent grant cut will result in more fires, fire deaths and injuries in the area.
“Reductions in stations (38 per cent), appliances (40 per cent) and firefighters (43 per cent) will have a significant impact on our front-line emergency response and prevention work,” Stevens said.