Fire sta­tion com­man­der says site is key to re­sponse times

Solihull News - - FAITH MATTERS -

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

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