Will our fire station be downgraded?

Shipston fire station may be downgraded from an on-call station to a ‘surge’ station under new proposals.

The town’s station currently has seven on-call firefighters – trained firefighters who have other jobs. Warwickshire Fire and Rescue’s new ‘Resourcing to Risk’ proposals would mean that while an appliance would continue to be kept at the station, the on-call fire service would be replaced with a surge service, with teams ‘available for recall in the event of significant incidents or periods of high demand.’ The plans would affect six stations in the county and have been criticised by the FRSA, the firefighters’ union. The public can have their say during a three-month public consultation due to begin in December.

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