Friday, 2 September 2016

Cutting fire engine would endanger lives - Plaid

Plans to cut one of Wrexham’s two fire engines and 24 firefighters’ jobs would endanger lives says Plaid Cymru – the Party of Wales.

 Plaid Cymru’s Wrexham spokesperson Marc Jones, who has organised a street petition against the proposal for tomorrow opposite the Horse and Jockey in Wrexham town centre between 10-12am, said: 

“The Fire Authority’s plan to save £1m by cutting 24 jobs and one of the town’s two fire appliances defies logic. They’ve just spent £15m on a brand new combined station in the town with the ambulance service.

“Why cut the service to the bone now?

“This makes even less when the Welsh Government expects there to be a 20% rise in the borough’s population over the coming years and there is a huge new prison opening in 2017.

 “We also have an ongoing arson problem in the area with Wrexham’s fire services are already dealing with 43% of all North Wales arson and a large proportion of the road traffic accidents across the North.”

  “In these circumstances, cutting the service would endanger lives. This is the reality of years of cuts and budget freezes - it's now affecting frontline services.”

Plaid Cymru is calling on the Fire Authority to re-think its proposal before cutting services in the largest town in the North.

Mr Jones added:  "Hundreds have already signed our online petition and we want to give people in the town a chance to show their opposition so that we cane challenge the North Wales Fire and Rescue Authority’s decision, which is currently out to consultation."

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