Jonathan Ashworth, MP for Leicester South recently met firefighters in Westminster to recognise the invaluable work they do to keep communities safe.
The event, ‘Love Your Firefighters’, was hosted by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and attended by more than 60 MPs.
FBU General Secretary, Matt Wrack had asked to support investment into the fire and rescue service and wanted MPs who attended, to deliver the message back to their constituencies. His message was simple, the maintenance of a world class, professional fire and rescue service is something all political parties should support.
Over 40,000 people are rescued by firefighters each year which is 3,400 rescues a month – equivalent to 100 rescues each day.
Matt Wrack said: “It was 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.”
During the event, two films were shown at the event. ‘Operator’ (bit.ly/2dtilVA) won the Bafta short film award last year (2016) for its depiction of a control room operator taking an emergency fire call. Meanwhile, ‘The Firefighters’ Dilemma’ (bit.ly/2sek2dr) was made this year to convey the stress fire crews are under when they turn out to a fire if they have to wait for a second fire engine before entering the premises due to service cuts.
“It was an honour to have the opportunity to meet some of the professional firefighters who do such invaluable, challenging work,” said Jon.
“All Members of Parliament should support our fire and rescue services, in the interests of both public and firefighter safety.”