Online petition over cuts to fire service

Online petition over cuts to fire service

Online petition over cuts to fire service

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Evesham Journal: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

ANGRY campaigners have launched a petition in a bid to scrap proposals to cut the fire service – with protesters aiming for 50,000 signatures.

An online petition has been created by desperate residents aiming to dowse proposals to close fire stations in Worcestershire.

As your Worcester News revealed last week, the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is to cut £4.7 million from spending over the next three years.

About 140 jobs are at risk, and in Worcester it could mean losing one of the station’s two full-time fire engine crews, leaving only a single full-time crew as a first instance response.

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 in my childhood 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.”

Since the campaigners launched the website on Sunday, more than 120 people have signed the document and they 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 current consultation period.

Assistant chief fire officer, John Hodges, said: “The service is well aware that some online groups and petitions have been formed over recent days and we completely understand community concerns over potential changes to their fire cover.

“That is why we are undertaking such an extensive consultation process, with all our key stakeholders, between now and the new year.

“The fire authority is very keen to hear everyone’s views during this consultation process and I would encourage as many people as possible to complete the community risk management plan questionnaire which can be viewed at hwfire.org.uk/consultation.”

To see the online petition visit ipetitions.com/petition/ stophwfirecuts and to view the Evesham retained firefighters protest, log onto facebook. com/www.hwfire.org.uk.

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10:59am Tue 8 Oct 13

Onealex says...

Ridiculous, the one thing i wouldn't cut costs on... Fire brigade.
Ridiculous, the one thing i wouldn't cut costs on... Fire brigade. Onealex
  • Score: 3

1:55pm Tue 8 Oct 13

Hwicce says...

Maybe if the "50,000 supporters" all put £10 each in the kitty they'd have enough money to keep the station open.

Or are they only interested if someone else is paying for it?

Facebook likes and online petitions are cheap, putting your money where your mouth is shows real commitment.
Maybe if the "50,000 supporters" all put £10 each in the kitty they'd have enough money to keep the station open. Or are they only interested if someone else is paying for it? Facebook likes and online petitions are cheap, putting your money where your mouth is shows real commitment. Hwicce
  • Score: 3

3:59pm Tue 8 Oct 13

Paul from NCCR says...

I did report on the possible fire service cuts during my laid-back music show a couple of weeks ago. Next Mondays programme (14th) I will promote the petition and give out the website addresses for anyone who is interested in signing the petition.
I did report on the possible fire service cuts during my laid-back music show a couple of weeks ago. Next Mondays programme (14th) I will promote the petition and give out the website addresses for anyone who is interested in signing the petition. Paul from NCCR
  • Score: 2

4:28pm Tue 8 Oct 13

chrisdingdong says...

Thanks for your promotion of this Paul from NCCR really is appreciated.

Hwicce - Everyone currently pays for Fire Services through Council Tax making a comment about the supporters to pay £10 to keep stations open is ludicrous. Let me take this moment to explain to you exactly what I'll be doing at the start of Jan 2014. All signatures and comments will be sent to the consultation process and these will form the consultation. How exactly can facebook likes & a petition be cheap.

Would you really support station closures, potential staff loses, longer response times all to reduce costs? After all you can put a price on your life?
Thanks for your promotion of this Paul from NCCR really is appreciated. Hwicce - Everyone currently pays for Fire Services through Council Tax making a comment about the supporters to pay £10 to keep stations open is ludicrous. Let me take this moment to explain to you exactly what I'll be doing at the start of Jan 2014. All signatures and comments will be sent to the consultation process and these will form the consultation. How exactly can facebook likes & a petition be cheap. Would you really support station closures, potential staff loses, longer response times all to reduce costs? After all you can put a price on your life? chrisdingdong
  • Score: -4

4:30pm Tue 8 Oct 13

chrisdingdong says...

You can't put a price on life
You can't put a price on life chrisdingdong
  • Score: 1

8:20pm Tue 8 Oct 13

Martbux says...

You need to go look back at the statistics fire cover is not needed as much as u think and how many of you think u have 24hour fire where you are you would be very much mistaken if u looked at county fire cover on a daily basis u all need to get off your high horses and live in the real world
You need to go look back at the statistics fire cover is not needed as much as u think and how many of you think u have 24hour fire where you are you would be very much mistaken if u looked at county fire cover on a daily basis u all need to get off your high horses and live in the real world Martbux
  • Score: 2

8:56pm Tue 8 Oct 13

chrisdingdong says...

In my opinion it's not about statistics it's about the now and the future. No one knows when they will need to call the emergency services, they are supposed to be there when we need it.

What if you were involved in an accident and your local station had closed it would mean a longer period for an appliance to rescue you. Then once fire services/ambulance assess your condition & cut you out. The golden hour would not be far off, it is my view lives will be put at risk.

Take the recycling plant fires epidemic for instance. A huge fire would get a lot of firefighters from stations in the local area. Then if something else cropped up it would be heavily impacted on who they could call next.
In my opinion it's not about statistics it's about the now and the future. No one knows when they will need to call the emergency services, they are supposed to be there when we need it. What if you were involved in an accident and your local station had closed it would mean a longer period for an appliance to rescue you. Then once fire services/ambulance assess your condition & cut you out. The golden hour would not be far off, it is my view lives will be put at risk. Take the recycling plant fires epidemic for instance. A huge fire would get a lot of firefighters from stations in the local area. Then if something else cropped up it would be heavily impacted on who they could call next. chrisdingdong
  • Score: -2

8:40am Wed 9 Oct 13

Hwicce says...

chrisdingdong wrote:
Thanks for your promotion of this Paul from NCCR really is appreciated.

Hwicce - Everyone currently pays for Fire Services through Council Tax making a comment about the supporters to pay £10 to keep stations open is ludicrous. Let me take this moment to explain to you exactly what I'll be doing at the start of Jan 2014. All signatures and comments will be sent to the consultation process and these will form the consultation. How exactly can facebook likes & a petition be cheap.

Would you really support station closures, potential staff loses, longer response times all to reduce costs? After all you can put a price on your life?
So thats a "no" then.
[quote][p][bold]chrisdingdong[/bold] wrote: Thanks for your promotion of this Paul from NCCR really is appreciated. Hwicce - Everyone currently pays for Fire Services through Council Tax making a comment about the supporters to pay £10 to keep stations open is ludicrous. Let me take this moment to explain to you exactly what I'll be doing at the start of Jan 2014. All signatures and comments will be sent to the consultation process and these will form the consultation. How exactly can facebook likes & a petition be cheap. Would you really support station closures, potential staff loses, longer response times all to reduce costs? After all you can put a price on your life?[/p][/quote]So thats a "no" then. Hwicce
  • Score: 3

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