Friday, 11 May 2018

Wrexham's fire engine faces new threat

Proposals to cut one of Wrexham's two whole-time fire engines are back on the table - just 18 months after a successful campaign to resist similar plans by the North Wales Fire and Rescue Authority.

Cllr Marc Jones, who coordinated the campaign to save Wrexham's fire engine in 2016, said:
"The proposal to cut Wrexham's second whole-time fire engine is still unacceptable and will put lives at risk. The crews at Wrexham regularly support other stations across North Wales and only last week were in Betws-y-Coed to ensure there was cover in the Conwy Valley.  "Losing 24 firefighters would increase the risk facing people in the largest town in north Wales and I would urge members of the Fire Authority to resist attempts to cut this service. "The Fire Authority has already had more funding from the six councils across the North but it's unlikely they will get more. Public services have faced cuts for a decade now and this is the result - we have to reject austerity because ultimately cuts cost lives."
The Fire Authority meets on Monday to discuss options to save £1.8 million that could see up to 52 staff lose their jobs.

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