Jeremy Browne joins Somerset cricketers in opposing Taunton Fire Station cuts

This is The West Country: Jeremy Browne MP with Taunton Fire Station watch commander Bill Williams, crew manager Nathan Brina and group commander Glenn Askew Jeremy Browne MP with Taunton Fire Station watch commander Bill Williams, crew manager Nathan Brina and group commander Glenn Askew

SOMERSET cricketers and an MP are opposing proposals to cut full-time firefighter numbers in Taunton amid claims that the town is being hit harder than other fire stations.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service wants to lay off 20 Taunton firefighters, meaning there would be one full-time crew rather than two as part of £5.5million book-balancing, service-wide cuts.

Captain Marcus Trescothick and Somerset team-mates have signed a Fire Brigades Union petition, and Taunton Deane MP Jeremy Browne has intervened after meeting managers and firefighters at Taunton Fire Station.

Mr Browne said: “The budget reductions proposed for Taunton are much greater than at most other fire stations across Devon and Somerset.

“Somerset seems to be getting a bad deal under the plans. Devon has roughly twice Somerset’s population, but four times the number of full-time fire stations.”

He said it appears illogical to have fewer firefighters while thousands of homes are being built in the district.

“Budgets are tight, but I want the fire authority to set out alternative saving plans that don’t involve drastically reducing firefighter numbers in Taunton,” said Mr Browne.

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A DSFRS spokesman said cutbacks were needed as its Government grant is falling 17% over two years, but he says the public will not be at risk.

He added: “Some of the proposals relate to changing the crewing systems at six fire stations across Somerset and Devon – five in Devon. Other proposals will have an impact service-wide.

“Under the proposal for Taunton, the number of whole-time firefighters would be reduced, but the number of fire engines would stay the same.

“The first fire engine will remain whole-time, with on-call firefighters crewing the second.”

He said most fire stations in the two counties were run entirely by on-call firefighters, while a retained crew in Taunton already staffs a third appliance.

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4:57pm Sun 28 Apr 13

Mi_Coc says...

Anyone thinking of voting for their local tory councilor needs to consider this local tory madness.
Anyone thinking of voting for their local tory councilor needs to consider this local tory madness. Mi_Coc
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8:29pm Sun 28 Apr 13

stanchester says...

its not the councilors its the accountants that come up with these stupid ideas, can they remember the sleeper train fire which happened in taunton in the 70`s.

when the enquiry happened the inspector said these words if we did not have good responding fire service like taunton it could of ment more deaths than what happened.
its not the councilors its the accountants that come up with these stupid ideas, can they remember the sleeper train fire which happened in taunton in the 70`s. when the enquiry happened the inspector said these words if we did not have good responding fire service like taunton it could of ment more deaths than what happened. stanchester
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12:06am Mon 29 Apr 13

fiskar says...

Jeremy Browne supports his local firefighters but advises Reform, who are a free market think tank that promotes cuts to & privatisation of the fire service.
Jeremy Browne supports his local firefighters but advises Reform, who are a free market think tank that promotes cuts to & privatisation of the fire service. fiskar
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4:29pm Mon 29 Apr 13

Mark1970 says...

So who would you really want in Mi_Croc?

Labour again? Lied to the nation got us into the second gulf, afghan. Lied about weapons of mass who bankrupted this Country because of the millions/billions of pounds that it cost us. I am not going to other labour policies.

Who left a note to say that there is no money left?

The fire service should only send one appliance to most shout's and yet they send two, which is a total waste of time and funds.

Recent fires in my mind is the one down Corporation street boxes being alight at the back of the flats. The one at the scrap yard with burning tyres.

The Ambulance service usually sends out a response car and then if need be an ambulance.

Maybe the fire service should have an evaulation vehicle or listen to the report of the person who called in the fire. One fire appliance can deal with most fires and then if need be back up from others.

A risk assesment regarding the danagers to public life and what kind of fire that it is.

Although these guys are paid even if they do not attend a shout, but when you have to use two lot's of fuel which cost's money then if only one appliance is needed, then that could be one lot of fuel saved.

Maybe some small cut's are needed but not major ones.

These guy's do a fantastic job, the same as all our emergency services do.
So who would you really want in Mi_Croc? Labour again? Lied to the nation got us into the second gulf, afghan. Lied about weapons of mass who bankrupted this Country because of the millions/billions of pounds that it cost us. I am not going to other labour policies. Who left a note to say that there is no money left? The fire service should only send one appliance to most shout's and yet they send two, which is a total waste of time and funds. Recent fires in my mind is the one down Corporation street boxes being alight at the back of the flats. The one at the scrap yard with burning tyres. The Ambulance service usually sends out a response car and then if need be an ambulance. Maybe the fire service should have an evaulation vehicle or listen to the report of the person who called in the fire. One fire appliance can deal with most fires and then if need be back up from others. A risk assesment regarding the danagers to public life and what kind of fire that it is. Although these guys are paid even if they do not attend a shout, but when you have to use two lot's of fuel which cost's money then if only one appliance is needed, then that could be one lot of fuel saved. Maybe some small cut's are needed but not major ones. These guy's do a fantastic job, the same as all our emergency services do. Mark1970
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