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Revamping Preston Circus fire station could cost lives, union warns

The Argus: FBU members outside Preston Circus fire station during recent strikes FBU members outside Preston Circus fire station during recent strikes

Union leaders are warning the planned £1.5m refurbishment of a fire station could put lives at risk.

The proposed revamp of Brighton's Preston Circus station comes as 24 frontline firefighters look set to be cut from city stations.

Although East Sussex Fire and Rescue has allocated £750,000 over the next two years for the refurbishment scheme, union leaders say the station is already in a “reasonable condition”.


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Steve Liszka, Preston Circus FBU branch chair, said: “The station was built in the 1930s. Over the years money has been spent to maintain it as a modern facility.

“There aren't any obvious maintenance issues with the building at this time.”

ESFR has been tasked with saving £7.1million over the next five years.

Proposed cuts, which are currently out for consultation, would see between 50 and 80 frontline firefighter posts lost in East Sussex with 24 from Brighton and Hove alone.

Union leaders claim the cuts could lead to deaths in the community.

The FBU said crews from the now closed Woolwich station would have reached the victim in just six minutes - four minutes sooner than he was.

A union spokesman added: “We are urging the Fire Authority to learn from the mistakes made in London and vote against these dangerous proposals that will put the public lives in the city of Brighton and Hove at great risk.”

A spokeswoman for ESFR said “tough decisions” had to be made with funding being cut.

She said: “We are happy to review any recommendations that the FBU have which will help us close our funding gap.

“We would also urge people to take part in our public consultation on proposed changes.”

Referring to the building work, she added: “While we need to make savings, we also need to ensure our buildings and fire appliances are maintained.

“Our aim is to keep the building in good condition and protect it as a financial asset for the benefit of the public.”

To take part in the public consultation visit www.esfrs.org.

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9:02am Sat 22 Mar 14

From beer to uncertainty says...

Some firm due to win government dream contract to paint some doors, unblock gutters, clean windows and wipe down kitchen surfaces (not including sink) for £750,000? A further additional £100,000 may need to be set aside in the event of a new microwave-procuremen
t strategy steering committee being set up whilst shopping at Argos?
Some firm due to win government dream contract to paint some doors, unblock gutters, clean windows and wipe down kitchen surfaces (not including sink) for £750,000? A further additional £100,000 may need to be set aside in the event of a new microwave-procuremen t strategy steering committee being set up whilst shopping at Argos? From beer to uncertainty
  • Score: 9

9:30am Sat 22 Mar 14

sailer says...

The problem with ESFR is its too top heavy and have an excess of support staff. It doesn't stop when these officers retire as they still collect a very large pension. Too many chiefs not enough Indians.
The problem with ESFR is its too top heavy and have an excess of support staff. It doesn't stop when these officers retire as they still collect a very large pension. Too many chiefs not enough Indians. sailer
  • Score: 12

11:20am Sat 22 Mar 14

Goldenwight says...

Am I missing something here?

Unions arguing AGAINST an upgrade to a building- which would presumably benefit their members and the public in the long run, since it is likely a newly refurbished building would be retained?

Surely the capital budget for renovations is going to be an entirely different pot from the revenue budget for employing firefighters?

Or am I just too cynical?
Am I missing something here? Unions arguing AGAINST an upgrade to a building- which would presumably benefit their members and the public in the long run, since it is likely a newly refurbished building would be retained? Surely the capital budget for renovations is going to be an entirely different pot from the revenue budget for employing firefighters? Or am I just too cynical? Goldenwight
  • Score: 2

11:20pm Sat 22 Mar 14

mick green says...

you mention woolwich, reach who 4 minutes sooner?
you mention woolwich, reach who 4 minutes sooner? mick green
  • Score: -1

11:30pm Sat 22 Mar 14

mick green says...

The fire brigade are a bunch of moaners all they worry about is sleeping on nights so they can do day jobs on the side.
get in the modern world all trades have had to change over the years lose work colleagues work harder to cover the lose.
The fire brigade are a bunch of moaners all they worry about is sleeping on nights so they can do day jobs on the side. get in the modern world all trades have had to change over the years lose work colleagues work harder to cover the lose. mick green
  • Score: 0

8:32am Sun 23 Mar 14

Ambo Guy says...

mick green wrote:
you mention woolwich, reach who 4 minutes sooner?
You should read the news a bit more. Google it and you'll find out.
[quote][p][bold]mick green[/bold] wrote: you mention woolwich, reach who 4 minutes sooner?[/p][/quote]You should read the news a bit more. Google it and you'll find out. Ambo Guy
  • Score: 2

12:13pm Sun 23 Mar 14

monkeymoo says...

mick green wrote:
The fire brigade are a bunch of moaners all they worry about is sleeping on nights so they can do day jobs on the side.
get in the modern world all trades have had to change over the years lose work colleagues work harder to cover the lose.
I'm so glad people like you exist.

Your pure idiocy means that one day i will have to come to your aid...and that keeps me in a job.

Many thanks. :)
[quote][p][bold]mick green[/bold] wrote: The fire brigade are a bunch of moaners all they worry about is sleeping on nights so they can do day jobs on the side. get in the modern world all trades have had to change over the years lose work colleagues work harder to cover the lose.[/p][/quote]I'm so glad people like you exist. Your pure idiocy means that one day i will have to come to your aid...and that keeps me in a job. Many thanks. :) monkeymoo
  • Score: 7

12:14pm Sun 23 Mar 14

monkeymoo says...

If ESFRS are looking for ways o save money....

Maybe they could try to answer the question of:
'Why do you have MORE senior managers, than the ENTIRE country of Scotland'!!?
If ESFRS are looking for ways o save money.... Maybe they could try to answer the question of: 'Why do you have MORE senior managers, than the ENTIRE country of Scotland'!!? monkeymoo
  • Score: 5

3:45pm Sun 23 Mar 14

mick green says...

well monkeymoo hope its not at night you come to save me because i will die waiting for you to wake up.
all your interested in is sleeping on your night shifts.
well monkeymoo hope its not at night you come to save me because i will die waiting for you to wake up. all your interested in is sleeping on your night shifts. mick green
  • Score: -3

6:07am Mon 24 Mar 14

monkeymoo says...

mick green wrote:
well monkeymoo hope its not at night you come to save me because i will die waiting for you to wake up.
all your interested in is sleeping on your night shifts.
Maybe if you were a lot more intelligent, physically fit, selfless and brave.....

.... You might have passed the entrance tests.

Then you wouldn't be so bitter!
or
Did your wife / husband / girlfriend / boyfriend run off and leave you for a firefighter?
[quote][p][bold]mick green[/bold] wrote: well monkeymoo hope its not at night you come to save me because i will die waiting for you to wake up. all your interested in is sleeping on your night shifts.[/p][/quote]Maybe if you were a lot more intelligent, physically fit, selfless and brave..... .... You might have passed the entrance tests. Then you wouldn't be so bitter! or Did your wife / husband / girlfriend / boyfriend run off and leave you for a firefighter? monkeymoo
  • Score: 1

6:29pm Mon 24 Mar 14

mick green says...

Hi Monkeymoo.
being a ex firemen i know what goes on.
i retired but have had enough of today firemen moaning about anything and everything instead of putting the public first.
firemen like you are a disgrace and monkeymoo the truth hurts obviously with the reply you wrote.
Hi Monkeymoo. being a ex firemen i know what goes on. i retired but have had enough of today firemen moaning about anything and everything instead of putting the public first. firemen like you are a disgrace and monkeymoo the truth hurts obviously with the reply you wrote. mick green
  • Score: 0

5:04am Tue 25 Mar 14

monkeymoo says...

mick green wrote:
Hi Monkeymoo.
being a ex firemen i know what goes on.
i retired but have had enough of today firemen moaning about anything and everything instead of putting the public first.
firemen like you are a disgrace and monkeymoo the truth hurts obviously with the reply you wrote.
HA HA HA HA....Sure thing Kid.

You wouldn't know the first thing about being a firefighter....
..Or a days work!
Obviously just a little Troll with nothing better to do than sit on their sofa eating crisps and watching Loose Women!!!

This whole article is about 'putting the public first', so just goes to show thick / stupid you are.

Good luck with the rest of your life, hope you find a job soon.
Until then, the rest us will work hard to pay for it all for you.
Enjoy your life :)
[quote][p][bold]mick green[/bold] wrote: Hi Monkeymoo. being a ex firemen i know what goes on. i retired but have had enough of today firemen moaning about anything and everything instead of putting the public first. firemen like you are a disgrace and monkeymoo the truth hurts obviously with the reply you wrote.[/p][/quote]HA HA HA HA....Sure thing Kid. You wouldn't know the first thing about being a firefighter.... ..Or a days work! Obviously just a little Troll with nothing better to do than sit on their sofa eating crisps and watching Loose Women!!! This whole article is about 'putting the public first', so just goes to show thick / stupid you are. Good luck with the rest of your life, hope you find a job soon. Until then, the rest us will work hard to pay for it all for you. Enjoy your life :) monkeymoo
  • Score: 1

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