De­ci­sion will put lives at risk, says mayor

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GREATER Manch­ester mayor Andy Burn­ham says fire bosses’ plans to stop at­tend­ing med­i­cal emer­gen­cies as part of an on­go­ing pay row could put lives at risk.

Ahead of the ac­tion, Andy Burn­ham has now writ­ten to the FBU’s na­tional boss, Matt Wrack, point­ing out that while he is in favour of fairer pay for fire­fight­ers which he says is a na­tional is­sue Mon­day’s ac­tion will be ‘un­fair’ to lo­cal peo­ple.

“I also be­lieve it puts Greater Manch­ester fire­fight­ers in a dif­fi­cult po­si­tion,” he writes.

“They will be un­fairly torn be­tween want­ing to do their best for the peo­ple of Greater Manch­ester and be­ing loyal to

“There is no doubt in my mind that this scheme has saved lives.

“If fire­fight­ers cease to re­spond to med­i­cal emer­gen­cies like car­diac ar­rests from Mon­day then peo­ple liv­ing, work­ing and vis­it­ing Greater Manch­ester who need help may have their chances of sur­vival re­duced.”

In his let­ter Mr Burn­ham says he agrees fire­fight­ers na­tion­wide should be paid bet­ter, while adding that if med­i­cal re­sponse is adopted as na­tional pol­icy then that should be ‘per­ma­nently recog­nised’ in their wages.

“How­ever, I am strongly of the opin­ion that it is not right for the suc­cess­ful pi­lot in Greater Manch­ester to be played into these na­tional ne­go­ti­a­tions,” he adds.

Greater Manch­ester Mayor Andy Burn­ham their union. I would there­fore ask you to with­draw the di­rec­tive and al­low them to re­spond vol­un­tar­ily if they wish.

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