The Telegraph is reporting that Warwickshire Fire Service is to close 7 stations and retire from service a third of their fire engines with a loss of 100 retained firefighters. The Telegraph – Warwickshire fire service ‘to close stations’
So what does this mean if you live in Warwickshire? Well for a start it means that the number of fire stations in the county drops from 19 to 12 and as Mark Rattray, the FBU’s Warwickshire brigade secretary, is quoted as saying:
”The removal of fire engines from these stations will greatly increase the risk to the public and to firefighters.
”If they go ahead we could see towns and villages being left without any effective emergency rescue cover.
“This will impact on all the work we do in every part of Warwickshire, not only in the areas close to these stations.
”The result of these cuts will be far fewer firefighters spread much more thinly across the county.
These are needed stations, their need seen only two days ago when 5 engines from local stations attended a serious blaze in Studley, one of the locations marked for closure: BBC News – Crews tackle portacabins fire.
The following map is an updated version of that found on the Warwickshire County Council website but this version shows the closures marked with a black “X”.
The fire authority spokesperson said no comment would be made before a press conference later today. Expect an update then.