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Safety fear over plan to axe village fire station
6:00pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
BROADWAY Fire Station could be closed if money saving plans are given the goahead.
Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service has announced proposals which include shutting the station or removing one engine from Evesham’s terminal.
The proposals form the Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP), which seek to address an annual budget shortfall which rises to £4.7 million within three years. The Fire Authority is set to meet next Thursday to discuss the options available.
Option one is to remove one of the two full-time crewed fire engines from Hereford and Worcester fire stations, and one of the two on-call fire engines from Redditch.
The second option requires the removal of one of the two on-call engines from Bromyard, Ledbury and Tenbury Wells fire stations. The closure of Broadway is part of option three. If approval is given, there will be a 12-week consultation. The plans have been met with concern and a call for guarantees that people’s safety will not at risk.
Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff said: “These are extremely serious issues and I will be engaging closely with the Fire and Rescue Service during the consultation period which will run until at least the end of this year.
“I recognise the need for the service to make economies but I will be seeking absolute guarantees for my constituents that their safety will not be compromised as a result.”
Broadway Parish Council chairman David Folkes said “It would be a shame because it is central to several villages.
We would be against it closing.”
Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates said the service had made significant non-frontline cuts and hoped to be able to save about £2 million from this area, but they had no choice but to examine where savings from frontline services could be made.
“No-one, including myself, would wish to reduce the amount of fire engines available,”
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