Public ‘misled over fire cuts’
Last updated at 15:39, Thursday, 31 October 2013
COPELAND’S public is being “ seriously misled’’ over the proposed cuts to the fire service, firefighters claim.
One local retained firefighter says the area could be left without vital cover if plans to lose fire engines and crews in West Cumbria go ahead.
Recently, he explained, there were 17 appliances unavailable in the county due to crew shortages.
“I don’t think the public realise how scary the situation can get,’’ he said. “When you are in a car accident or a fire, you don’t want to wait 40 minutes for help.”
On average retained crews are on call for around 90 hours a week, with specialist training on top. For this they receive around £190 a month. New starters receive £95 a month.
“I do the job to put something back into the community,’’ the firefighter said. “We certainly don’t cost the service that much, but they need us to provide vital back-up. The retained crews work on a lot of good will.
“The chief fire officer said firefighters will always respond but he doesn’t say where from or how long they will take.
“People must realise before it’s too late what the impact of the cuts will be and fight to stop them. They are being seriously misled.”
A Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Our proposals are about better reflecting current risk patterns and shaping the service to the dangers that actually exist.”
First published at 11:05, Thursday, 31 October 2013
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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You all weren't so vocal when Millom's second appliance was removed a few years back. That was the start of the cuts but because it never affected Whitehaven it went unnoticed. That was the time to join the fight. Too late now. Millom Fire service cover a large populated area and a prison with one appliance. Nobody has died yet but time will tell.
Apologies Wayne, no offence intended. I suspect my reference to selling Cumbria's spare Fire Appliances should have been left out, as it was an unnecessary sarcastic inclusion that probably detracted from my initial observation that The Cumbria Fire and Rescue spokesperson was peddling an impersonal political statement that perhaps he or she did or didn't actually believe in.
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