A THIRD of London's fire engines were out of action on Christmas Day

More than a THIRD of London’s 142 fire engines were out of action on Christmas Day due to lack of staff as union blames Covid, a recruitment freeze and government cuts

  • 50 밖으로 142 vehicles were unable to run during the day shift on December 25
  • The need for fire and rescue generally increases between Bonfire Night and NYE
  • 결과적으로, many fear the shortage could have a ‘serious impacton the capital
  • More than a third of 런던‘s fire engines were out of action on 크리스마스 Day due to a lack of staff.

    있었다 50 fire engines out of 142 (35 퍼센트) that were not able to run during the day shift on December 25, according to the Fire Brigades Union (FBU).

    The union blames a combination of rising Covid cases, a recruitment freeze and government cuts for the shortfall.

    And with the need for fire and rescue generally increasing between Bonfire Night and New Year’s Eve, many fear the ‘serious impacton the capital.

    More than a third of London's fire engines were out of action on Christmas Day due to a lack of staff. 사진: Islington Fire Station

    More than a third of London’s fire engines were out of action on Christmas Day due to a lack of staff. 사진: Islington Fire Station

    According to statistics released by the FBU, the majority of shifts from December 24 ...에 27 saw a shortage of at least 40 engines due to a lack of staff available to man them.

    If anything as devastating as the Grenfell Tower fire had happened, a new 64-metre ladder appliance was unavailable on the night of December 24 and the day of December 25.

    Covid has left 740 firefighters – 이상 15 노동력의 퍼센트 – testing positive or otherwise having to self-isolate.

    The FBU said this could get worse in the new year as a ‘mass exodusof hundreds of staff leave ahead of pension changes.

    Jon Lambe, FBU London regional secretary, 말했다: ‘Omicron is directly affecting the level of fire and rescue cover Londoners receive.

    ‘Over a third of fire engines being unavailable is a huge shortage that could have serious impacts.

    '하나, Omicron should not be having an effect on this scalethe reason it is is that London Fire Brigade has been left in a terrible state by years of government cuts, with almost one in five of London firefighters having been cut since 2010.

    ‘At the start of the pandemic, our members in London helped in any way possible, volunteering to drive ambulances and working in multi-agency teams dealing with Covid-related fatalities.

    ‘In some cases members spent weeks away from their loved ones for fear of transmitting the virus.

    ‘But now the tables have turned and the London Fire Brigade itself is in real difficulty.

    '지금, we are seeing the real impact of the pandemic on our own service and it’s reached a critical point.

    그는 덧붙였다: ‘London and Londoners pay their taxes for a level of service and fire cover that they are being denied due to Governmental cuts and mismanagement.

    ‘As a union, we are highlighting this because it’s simply not right and it’s not safe.

    있었다 50 fire engines out of 142 (35 퍼센트) that were not able to run during the day shift on December 25, according to the Fire Brigades Union (FBU)

    있었다 50 fire engines out of 142 (35 퍼센트) that were not able to run during the day shift on December 25, according to the Fire Brigades Union (FBU)

    It comes as there were fresh calls today from Britain’s hospitality chiefs to cut the Covid self-isolation period to five days because they have ‘nobody leftto serve customers due to the spread of 오미크론.

    Marcello Distefano, managing director of the San Carlo Italian restaurant chain, admits he will have to close several of their 23 restaurants due to staff shortages with staffing levels for New Year’s Eve still touch and go.

    On pleas to cut the isolation time to five days, 그는 말했다: ‘It’s going to help. But it doesn’t change the fact that we are having to move people around just to keep restaurants open. We literally have nobody left, so either way we’ll have to close several restaurants’.

    그는 말했다: ‘We are having to reduce the capacity of restaurants because we just don’t have the staff to service demand. We’re also having to reduce menus because we don’t have the staff to produce what we normally need.

    ‘The spread of the virus in the last seven to ten days, we’ve seen a huge upsurge in the number of people having to be off work.

    ‘Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and we are taking it day by day to see if we can remain open. We will have to close several of our restaurants next week’.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, he said that a bumper Christmas failed to materialise due to gloomy warnings from the Government.

    ‘We were nowhere near the Christmas sales we would have hoped for’, 그는 말했다, saying that he had hoped takings would double in the weeks before Christmas Day.

    But the UK Government has insisted that there are ‘no further changesplanned on reducing quarantine periodsafter they were dropped from ten to seven days with a negative lateral flow test on days six and sevenalthough officials also said that the rules would be kept ‘under review’.

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