Firemen strip to demonstrate against cuts

1st April 2011, Comments 0 comments

It may sound like an April Fool's joke but apparently firemen demonstrated against impending cuts by stripping down to their underwear on Dam Square in Amsterdam today.

A dozen fire engines sounded their sirens on the square, while the fire brigade demonstrated against cuts by the city council to the tune of 3.5 million euros by bearing almost all.

The firemen say they have seen confidential plans to close a fire station in South East Amsterdam, to get rid of two ladder trucks and to replace a number of professional firemen with volunteers. The demonstators say this will make them less well prepared for emergencies. According to Amsterdam television news station AT5, the cuts may have already claimed their first victim in the capital a couple of weeks ago.

The half-dressed firemen distributed smoke alarms and flyers warning the public that the plans could mean it would take more time to get to an emergency and there could be more casualties as a result.

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