Rally aiming to save Sunderland Fire Station launches today

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The Fire Brigade’s Union (FBU) are campaigning against cuts to the fire service and are taking part in a protest march.

The rally will take place on Saturday, February 7, ahead of the Tyne and Wear Fire authority’s meeting, where it will be decided whether the station will close.

Following £8.8million of Government cuts, the Sunderland station has been chosen for closure in 2017, if funds are not found ahead of this date.

Beth Farhat, regional secretary at Northern TUC, said: “I am proud to be marching with the FBU today and, to offer the TUC’s 100 per cent support to the FBU’s campaign against disastrous cuts to the fire service.

“Response times are now two minutes slower than they were a decade ago. Cuts cost lives – every part of the country is at risk from this postcode lottery of cuts and closures.”

The march will begin at 11am at Sunderland Central Station on Railway Row and move to the Market Square. Speeches from officials, such as Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott, Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson and also Beth Farhat, will take place at midday.

Beth Farhat added: “The FBU is absolutely right to warn that privatisation will cost lives. Our fire service is not for sale, fighting fires is about public need not private profit.”

The FBU are asking that people “make every effort to attend” and to “help save our fire stations.”#####

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