Station cut backs under fire

Lancaster Fire Station.
Lancaster Fire Station.

A decision to remove a fire engine from Lancaster in 2016 has been described as “extremely short-sighted” by the city’s MP.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed it will be leaving Lancaster with just one whole time fire engine by April 2016, resulting in 38 job losses. The decision made in December will save the authority £1.4m a year.

MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, Eric Ollerenshaw, said: “I do think the decision of the Fire Authority to remove one of the two whole-time engines from Lancaster is extremely short-sighted particularly given the lessons yet to be learnt from the floods across the country.”

Lancashire’s Chief Fire Officer, Chris Kenny said: “The consultation was thorough and the final package of revisions to emergency cover to be implemented testifies to the fact that we have listened carefully to the feedback and responded to concerns raised where possible.

“Even with these changes our overall response times to dwelling fire will remain one of the fastest in the country.”

Steve Harman, Fire Brigade Union secretary for Lancashire, said: “We urge all members of the community to raise concern about this. “You’ll never know if you ever need it, but when you do, you’ll want it to arrive as quickly as possible.”