Don Valley MP Caroline Flint met firefighters in Westminster this week to recognise and celebrate the invaluable work firefighters do keeping our communities safe.
Matt Wrack, General Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, said: “It was great that Caroline could support our event, and a privilege to have so many MPs from across the spectrum here with us to celebrate the work of our members. We want support for firefighters and our fire and rescue services from all politicians. We would urge MPs from all parties to get behind their firefighters now and support the invaluable work they do in their communities, keeping us all safe.”
Caroline said: “It was an honour to have the opportunity to meet some of the professional firefighters who do such invaluable, challenging work. Firefighters who responded to the Grenfell Tower fire had their training and professionalism tested to the limit.
“And in Doncaster we are all too aware that their vital work is not just tackling fires. It is also a first rate rescue service that helps saves lives in road accidents; often in dangerous conditions. All members of parliament should support our fire and rescue services, in the interests of both public and firefighter safety.”
‘Love Your Firefighters’, hosted by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), was attended by more than 60 MPs, who met firefighters and union officials. MPs were asked to support investment into the fire and rescue service by FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack. He urged the MPs to take the message back to their constituencies that the maintenance of a world class, professional fire and rescue service is something all political parties should support.
PHOTO: Love your Firefighter – Caroline Flint with Lucy Masoud from the London Fire Brigade.
Notes to editors: 1. Firefighters perform rapid emergency response to fires, floods and road traffic incidents. 2. Over 40,000 people are rescued by firefighters each year. That’s 3,400 rescues a month - equivalent to 100 rescues each day. 90% of rescues are at non-fire incidents. 3. The fire service proves exceptional value for money costing just £50 per person each year for a 24/7, all hazard emergency service. This is cheaper than an annual Netflix subscription.