MP Rosie Cooper met with Lancashire’s Fire Chief, Chris Kenny, to discuss her concerns over the proposed changes that will see fire crew numbers halved.
The meeting took place at Skelmersdale Fire Station on Friday 12 October 2012 with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service currently out to consultation on plans to introduce the Day Crewing Plus system at Skelmersdale. The new system will see the number of watches cut from 4 to 2 and the number of firemen reduced from 28 to 14. Under the new system fire crews will operate on a rota of 42 hours on duty and 42 hours on standby
Following the meeting Rosie Cooper said:
“I want to thank Chris Kenny for taking the time to meet with me at Skelmersdale Fire Station to discuss my concerns about the new proposals and what this will mean for emergency fire services here in West Lancashire.
“Obviously, I am deeply worried by any proposal that would bring about a 50% reduction in staffing levels
“My absolute priority is to ensure that any service changes will not hit the response times when the fire service is called out to an emergency. This could make the difference in saving lives. Residents need to be assured that they will be protected.
“Nor can we have the safety and wellbeing of the crews compromised. We need firemen ready and able to do the job that they do so fantastically.
“Following the meeting the Fire Chief is fully aware of my position and my views.”