Fire station commander says site is key to response times
ASSURANCES have been given about the future of Solihull Fire Station, after a councillor asked if the facility could survive without its many tenants.
Coun Ade Adeyemo ( Lib Dem, Lyndon) had noted that in recent times the building in Streetsbrook Road had been shared with a number of organisations, including the Ambulance Service and the charity Solihull Life Opportunities ( SoLO).
He asked about the implications of this arrangement during a public meeting at Solihull College & University Centre.
Ian Smith, the new Station Commander at Solihull Fire Station, insisted that the facility had to be kept where it is for operational reasons.
“We have to commit those resources to that location otherwise we would lose our response times , our five minute response to all category one fires and incidents,” he said.
“Historically it’s a big site, it used to be one of our divisional headquarters but as we have down- scaled we have taken that resource [ and shared it with organisations].
“We also have our driver training, our fire safety department, so it’s fully utilised for this area “
Residents were also made aware of discussions taking place between fire service bosses and their counterparts at West Midlands Police about ways that the two emergency services – both of which are dealing with significant budget cuts – can work together.
Among the suggestions from the audience was that firefighters who attend homes to fit smoke alarms and offer other fire safety support could also provide crime prevention advice.
“Something like that is something we could very much do, with some training from police colleagues,” said Mr Smith.
have‘ to‘ We commit those resources to that location otherwise we would lose our five- minute response to all category one fires. STATION COMMANDER IAN SMITH