Fire chiefs opt not to axe Bewdley's fire station

Fire chiefs opt not to axe Bewdley's fire station

Fire chiefs opt not to axe Bewdley's fire station

First published in Local Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by

PLANS to close Bewdley Fire Station have been taken off the table of money-saving talks by fire chiefs to save almost £5 million.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is no longer recommending shutting the Dog Lane base as it looks to address an annual budget shortfall, which rises to £4.7 million within three years .

Instead, it has drawn up an option to retain the fire station, along with three others across the two counties .

The decision to consider retaining the base follows a public consultation.

Many residents were concerned about losing the station just weeks after a severe flat blaze in the town.

A petition opposing the closure of the base was handed to the fire authority with 550 signatures.

Paul Gittins, Labour Bewdley town councillor said he was pleased with the latest decision.

“My main worry was that if they closed it, it would never reopen,” said the ex-firefighter.

“Now the retained fire- fighters need to try to keep it open as much as possible.

They’v e got to make sure a crew’s a vailable 24 hours a day.

Mr Gittins, who was sub officer of Bewdley Fire Station for 25 years , said: “The trouble is you don’t know when a fire is going to happen and it’s important that we have our own fire station to ensure incidents are dealt with quickly .”

Closing the base was one of a several options being drawn up by the fire service , along with removing one of the two fire engines from Kidderminster, which has also been taken off the table of talks.

Bosses said additional resources were now avail-able , which meant there was not currently a financial need to close stations.

They are set to make a decision during a meeting next Wednesda y

Comments (3)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

7:55am Fri 14 Feb 14

Skijumper says...

Beggers belief.Nothing to do with with town or outlying areas being cut off due to flooding no doubt? Also avoids the embarrassment of a tragedy by fire services from other areas if available, being delayed or even not getting to the scene.Why does it have to take adverse weather conditions for people making cuts to show a bit of common sense.
Beggers belief.Nothing to do with with town or outlying areas being cut off due to flooding no doubt? Also avoids the embarrassment of a tragedy by fire services from other areas if available, being delayed or even not getting to the scene.Why does it have to take adverse weather conditions for people making cuts to show a bit of common sense. Skijumper
  • Score: 0

12:33pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Wagtail59 says...

What additional resources are available?
How much?
Since when?
What has changed?
What cuts are now being proposed?
What options are now being discussed?

Some clarity would help.
What additional resources are available? How much? Since when? What has changed? What cuts are now being proposed? What options are now being discussed? Some clarity would help. Wagtail59
  • Score: 0

2:29pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Sealwatcher says...

I am delighted that the Bewdley Fire Station is to remain, but not just one petition was handed in, another two were handed in at a similar time by County Councillor Gordon Yarranton and District Councillor Stephen Clee so I think they should be recognised for their efforts as well.
I am delighted that the Bewdley Fire Station is to remain, but not just one petition was handed in, another two were handed in at a similar time by County Councillor Gordon Yarranton and District Councillor Stephen Clee so I think they should be recognised for their efforts as well. Sealwatcher
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree