Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members from across Britain marched on Westminster last week to lobby MPs against the crippling 30 per cent cuts to the service brought in since 2010.
Budget cuts have already slashed 7,000 jobs.
Speaking to the marchers, the union’s leader Matt Wrack condemned the Tories’ “senseless, dangerous agenda.”
“Cuts undermine the ability of firefighters to do their job safety and effectively, people have died as a result — fact,” he said.
He also expressed concerns to a packed Commons briefing room over proposals that police and crime commissioners take control of fire and rescue services.
“Anyone who thinks firefighters’ neutrality will not be compromised by police commissioners is living in cloud cuckoo land,” he told members.