service cuts could 'put lives in Burnham-On-Sea area in danger'
cutbacks to the Devon and Somerset's fire service could put people
in the Burnham-On-Sea area in danger, the Fire Brigades Union
has claimed this week.
A Government grant to the fire service is being reduced by 17
per cent over the next two years, meaning it has to find £5.5million
The deadline for public consultation on a proposed draft plan
to reduce frontline fire fighting runs until this Friday (April
cuts include making some full-time crewed appliances part-time,
including one at Taunton.
McFarlane, the Fire Brigades Union representative at Burnham Fire
Station, pictured right, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Taunton
often works with Burnham's retained firefighters in dealing with
major incidents and providing support when needed."
not having full-time crews available 24 hours a day at Taunton
to assist them will put pressure on Burnham's crews at certain
times, slowing down response times and potentially putting people
added: "It is a cut too far and it must be stopped. The voice
of local people needs to be listened to and I would urge people
in the Burnham area to have their say by submitting feedback before
this Friday's consultation deadline."
service officials have said safety will not be compromised. The
proposed plan states that "some whole time firefighters affected
at the Taunton station may be offered on-call contracts or new,
flexible contracts which would provide improved efficiency and
increased fire cover in rural areas, and promote community safety
as appropriate. We would seek to avoid compulsory redundancies
take part in the consultation, visit www.dsfire.gov.uk/AboutUs/HaveYourSay
Fire Station currently has two fire engines and a welfare unit.
It is manned by 20 on-call (retained) firefighters. Additional
retained crewmembers will soon be required at Burnham and anyone
interested in applying can express an interest by contacting the
fire service's HQ at Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service
Headquarters at The Knowle, Clyst St George, Exeter, EX3 0NW or
call 01392 872 200.