Sunday, June 23, 2024

Blogpost: The impact of cuts to fire service for Thurrock residents living in tower blocks

Blogspot: By Scott Nelson

“Thurrock’s tower block residents are at risk because of Tory cuts to the Fire Service”.

GRENFELL Tower was a terrible tragedy that should never have happened, and it will go down as one of the worst tragedies in British history. But in the wake of Grenfell Tower, residents in tower blocks across the country are now worried, nervous and frightened.

On Sunday, 18 June, I was contacted by an Essex firefighter. I am keeping his name anonymous. The firefighter informed me of the effects Tory cuts are having on the Fire Service in Thurrock.

Tory cuts to the Fire Service in Essex have put Thurrock’s tower block residents at risk of a Grenfell Tower tragedy. There are roughly 14 tower blocks across Thurrock and in the event of a fire, the Fire Service in Thurrock no longer has access to a hydraulic lift because of Tory cuts.

The Fire Service has to assess the situation and if a hydraulic lift is required then they have to contact Southend-on-Sea which is nearly 30 miles away. It could take up to 45 minutes for the hydraulic lift to arrive in Thurrock, possibly longer depending on traffic, by which time any residents trapped in a tower block are at risk of death.

The firefighter has already spoken to some local residents in Thurrock’s tower blocks, and they were unaware of the scale of Fire Service cuts in Essex.

The Tories’ irresponsible cuts to the Emergency Services and Armed Forces must be reversed. How many more terror attacks and tragedies will it take for Theresa May to listen?

I am extremely angry that Thurrock residents are now at risk of a Grenfell Tower tragedy because of unnecessary, irresponsible and dangerous Tory cuts to the Fire Service.

I have contacted Thurrock Labour on behalf on the firefighter for an action plan to be put in place to hold Jackie Doyle-Price and the Tory Government to account. The firefighter will also join forces with Thurrock Labour to talk to local residents in these tower blocks and hand out literature.

Enough is enough.

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  1. What do you expect to happen.

    We have had 40 years of NeoLiberalism (Thatcherism) under Thatcher and Blair….

    We left capitalism in 1979 and now we live in profiteering (make as much money as you can and to hell with the consequences)

    profiteer definition
    make or seek to make an excessive or unfair profit, especially illegally.

    and the dum arses still vote for Jackie Doyle Price as she cuts local fire services for a tax cut to the 1%. I don’t blame her when the electorate is so dum to vote for suicide what can you do.

    Jackie and her team
    “WE NEED TO LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS” but first we have got to LIVE.

    I wonder if this is our economic system
    Racketeering and profiteering.

    racketeering definition
    dishonest and fraudulent business dealings.

    Profiteering definition
    make or seek to make an excessive or unfair profit, especially illegally.

    More tower blocks at risk but hey we are making loads of bread.


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