We have been patient, we have always been willing to negotiate and we have always acted with complete integrity - as the public would expect from firefighters. This government may praise us when we respond to major fire and rescue incidents, such as the fires at Didcot power station and Eastbourne Pier, but their actions demonstrate utter contempt for firefighters and the work they do.
Millions will have watched with sympathy and alarm as devastating floods hit large parts of the UK over the last few weeks. Our screens have been filled with footage of 'rescue workers' working tirelessly for days on end to keep communities safe and reduce damage to property. However, what's rarely acknowledged is that most of these rescue workers are actually firefighters.
Despite 94% of Londoners opposing cuts to the fire service, it looks like the closure of 10 fire stations and over 500 front line firefighters will be cut. The closure of these stations is expected to take place in January. In the high court, seven different local authorities argued that the planned cuts were "dangerous, irrational and unlawful". It was this high court challenge that failed.