Warn­ing over fire sta­tion merger plan

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

AT­TEN­DANCE times to fires and other emer­gen­cies could dou­ble in Mil­ton Keynes as plans are re­vealed to merge two fire sta­tions.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has warned that pub­lic safety could be put in jeop­ardy if Buck­ing­ham and Mil­ton Keynes Fire Author­ity’s plans to re­lo­cate front­line fire­fight­ing ser­vices from Great Holm fire sta­tion and Bletch­ley fire sta­tion to a new site at West Ash­land are ap­proved.

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Wolfenden, of the FBU in South­ern England, said: “In life sav­ing emer­gen­cies ev­ery sec­ond counts.

“If im­ple­mented, the pub­lic liv­ing in north­ern and western ar­eas of Mil­ton Keynes will have to wait an ex­tra five to 10 min­utes for fire crews to ar­rive at an emer­gency.

“To date the fire author­ity has only pro­duced a vague and in­suf­fi­cient con­sul­ta­tion doc­u­ment that is not fit for pur­pose.

“They have pro­duced no risk or im­pact as­sess­ments, in­ci­dent data or risk pro­fil­ing. And no sta­tis­ti­cal anal­y­sis has been pub­lished for mem­bers of the pub­lic to see and un­der­stand how th­ese pro­pos­als will af­fect the ser­vice they re­ceive.

“Mil­ton Keynes is one of the fastest grow­ing ar­eas in the UK. Through its Western Ex­pan­sion de­vel­op­ment an ex­pected 6,000 homes are due to be con­structed within the next two years.

“The cur­rent lo­ca­tion of fire sta­tions is ideal – fire crews can be mo­bilised quickly to any part of Mil­ton Keynes.

“It makes no sense to cut back a pub­lic time.”

The FBU has called for a wider pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion by the fire author­ity say­ing the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod should be in­creased from 12 to 16 weeks, for a se­ries of open meet­ings to be ar­ranged and for the pub­li­ca­tion of com­pre­hen­sive sta­tis­ti­cal anal­y­sis on the im­pact th­ese pro­pos­als will have on pub­lic safety.

As it stands now, the con­sul­ta­tion runs from Mon­day, Septem­ber 14 to Mon­day, Novem­ber 9.

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