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Petition aims to hit 50,000 mark
11:00am Monday 14th October 2013 in News
ANGRY campaigners have launched a petition in a bid to scrap proposals to cut the fire service – with protestors aiming for 50,000 signatures.
An online petition has been created by desperate residents aiming to dowse proposals to close fire stations in Worcestershire.
Herefordshire and Worcestershire Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is set to cut £4.7 million from spending over the next three years. About 140 jobs are at risk and it could mean Worcester losing one of the station’s two full-time crews.
Chris Edwards, aged 24, from ‘Save Your Local Fire Service’, said: “There is talk of closing fire stations and cutting engines and I think it’s very extreme.
“I grew up in Bewdley and that is just one area where they are looking at closing the station.
We’ve got to fight this.
“The options they are looking at are ridiculous. We’ve got to show them people across Worcestershire and Herefordshire don’t want it.”
Campaigners launched the website on Sunday and are aiming for 50,000 by the time the consultation closes in January.
The launch came just days after a similar protest started on Facebook on behalf of retained firefighters in Evesham.
A ‘Save Evesham Retained Firefighters’ page has received 900 ‘likes’ on the social networking site.
The fire service is considering closing stations in Bewdley and Broadway, and removing on-call engines in Kidderminster, Evesham and Redditch.
Bosses at the fire service say they understand the concerns and are keen to get feedback during the consultation period.
Assistant chief fire officer John Hodges said: “We completely understand community concerns over potential changes to their fire cover. That is why we are undertaking such an extensive consultation process.
“I would encourage as many people as possible to complete the questionnaire at hwfire.org.uk/consultation.”
The online petition can be found at visit ipetitions.com/petition/ stophwfirecuts. The Evesham firefighters protest is at facebook.com/www.hwfire.org.uk.
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