Saturday, 5 November 2016

500 march to save Wrexham's fire engine

More than 500 people marched to save Wrexham's second fire engine on Saturday (5 November) in one of the biggest protests the town has seen in years.

The march, which featured the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) engine and was led by the Cambria Band, was applauded by passers-by in the street. Many carried home-made placards and banners in support of the firefighters who face losing their jobs.

One of Wrexham's two whole-time fire engines is under threat from the North Wales Fire and Rescue Authority due to budget cuts. Despite a series of arsons over recent years, Wrexham has been earmarked for the cut.

March organiser and community councillor Marc Jones said: 
"I'd like to thank everyone who came out in the cold weather to support the campaign. It was a very powerful message and I know the firefighters present were very grateful for the community's backing.
 "Both Grant Mayos and Cerith Griffiths of the FBU spoke passionately about the need to maintain this service. People joined the march because they can see for themselves how important the fire service is to our community - many have first-hand experience of both fire engines coming out to attend fires or other incidents.
 "It makes no sense to get rid of this pump now when we have a projected population increase of up to 20%, a super-prison opening in May 2017 and 43% of all north Wales arsons.
 "I also made it clear that we should reject any attempt to play urban areas such as Wrexham against rural areas. Councillors on the Fire Authority who think that getting rid of this fire engine will safeguard rural retained stations are living in cloud cuckoo-land. The second crew provides much needed cover for many rural stations across the region and I would respectfully suggest that they ask fire chiefs how reliant their own counties are for Wrexham's support."

The consultation into this proposal lasts until December 12th, so we have five weeks to persuade the Fire Authority. Please take part in the official questionnaire HERE
and also write with your objections to the NWFRS by writing to the Secretariat:

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