'We need our fire station', say councillors

Kidderminster Shuttle: Against closure: Stephen Clee at Bewdley Fire Station, which could be shut down in fire authority plans to cut costs Against closure: Stephen Clee at Bewdley Fire Station, which could be shut down in fire authority plans to cut costs

WYRE Forest councillors will be submitting their concerns over the possible closure of Bewdley Fire Station and the removal of an engine in Kidderminster to fire chiefs.

During a full council meeting on Wednesday last week, members agreed to hand in their objections to Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Authority bosses as part of its consultation.

The fire authority is considering shutting Bewdley’s Dog Lane base or removing one of the two fire engines from Kidderminster as one of a number of options to save almost £5 million in the next three years.

Bewdley Conservative district councillor Stephen Clee said closing the town’s fire station would only save about £110,000 a year.

“In my view there is no need to close Bewdley,” Mr Clee said.

“Bewdley fire station can clearly respond to incidents in the areas to the north west, north and north east of the station more quickly than other appli- ances sent from Kidderminster or Stourport.

There is no financial imperative at this stage to make this cost-cutting move.”

He added: “Retaining Bewdley Fire Station would not only ensure that the area was covered for emergencies but would also mean that it could be developed fur- ther to make greater use of the specialist equip- ment that it holds.

“Frontline provision should not be the port of call for savings.

Frontline provision is the true test of emergency services.”

He added one of the authority’s options – to reduce provision at Hereford, Worcester and Redditch fire stations – would save more than £1.5 million a year and “produce a much better, integrated fire service”.

A consultation period will run until January 10, 2014 and the fire authority should make a decision on February 19.

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7:16pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Europeanist64 says...

No use carping about cuts on your own patch Clee, when you have voted for the swingeing cuts that are damaging people's lives and destroying our public services like the Fire Brigade.

VOTE LABOUR IN 2015! SUPPORT MATT LAMB AND DUMP THE TORIES
No use carping about cuts on your own patch Clee, when you have voted for the swingeing cuts that are damaging people's lives and destroying our public services like the Fire Brigade. VOTE LABOUR IN 2015! SUPPORT MATT LAMB AND DUMP THE TORIES Europeanist64

9:54am Wed 11 Dec 13

residentbew says...

If we could please forget the Politics and realise if Bewdley Fire Station is closed we'll never get it back. Response time will increase and could cost someone their life.

I trust you have responded to consultation run by HWFRS here is the link http://www.hwfire.or
g.uk/consultation/cr
mpconsultation2013.h
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Please send in your comments and help save our fire station and firefighters, who sacrifice a lot of there personal time to serve the community.
If we could please forget the Politics and realise if Bewdley Fire Station is closed we'll never get it back. Response time will increase and could cost someone their life. I trust you have responded to consultation run by HWFRS here is the link http://www.hwfire.or g.uk/consultation/cr mpconsultation2013.h tml Please send in your comments and help save our fire station and firefighters, who sacrifice a lot of there personal time to serve the community. residentbew

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