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Gloucestershire fire chiefs consider station closure

  • 10-2-2015

Proposals to close Painswick fire station and downgrade Cirencester are being considered by Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service.

Under the plans, Cirencester would use on-call, retained firefighters while Painswick would close and emergency cover would be provided from Stroud.

The fire service said the number of fires had fallen sharply and it wants to focus on prevention.

The Fire Brigades Union said the plans were "dangerous" and "disgraceful".

The proposals, which have been put out for public consultation, follow a 63% reduction in fires across Gloucestershire in ten years.

Chief Fire Officer Stewart Edgar said the service had to ensure it had a professional emergency response service and an excellent prevention service.

'Disgraceful'

Cirencester is staffed by full-time firefighters during the day and retained on-call firefighters at night. But the service said the current shift pattern does not comply with employment law and must change.

It said that Tewkesbury, which services a similar population, manages with a retained-only station for less than £100,000 a year - while it would cost £723,126 to run Cirencester as a full-time station with different shifts.

In Painswick, Mr Edgar said the few fires there were were often attended by crews from both Painswick and Stroud - and the Stroud engines arrived at about the same time.

Scott Turner, local FBU representative for Gloucestershire, said: "These plans are disgraceful and show the potential consequences that budget cuts have on public safety.

"Firefighters in Gloucestershire utterly condemn these proposals and we will be demanding that politicians reject them and instead, invest in our service."

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