Fire Services At Risk

Proposals from Hampshire Fire service to cut 20 firefighters jobs and one of the fire engines at Southsea have been condemned by local Lib Dem Gerald Vernon-Jackson.

Following on from a briefing at Southsea Fire Station today, Gerald Vernon-Jackson has written to the Chief Fire Officer for Hampshire to oppose the plans.

"Portsmouth has many high rise buildings. Hampshire Fire Service has confirmed to me that they need five fire engines to tackle a fire in a high rise. Under these proposals, there will only be four fire engines left in Portsmouth. This means we will rely on a fire engine coming from Waterlooville, Fareham or Porchester. With our roads so congested, this means people in a high rise block which is on fire will have to wait longer for the right number of fire engines to arrive to rescue them. This is not acceptable."

The fire engine to be removed is the pump which was transferred from Copnor when that fire station was axed.

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