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Campaign against fire station downgrade
Hundreds of people have campaigned against the planned downgrading of a fire station.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is currently consulting on the proposal to move a full-time appliance from The Ridge fire station to Bohemia Road fire station in Hastings.
Bosses claim it will improve response times while allowing them to meet Government cuts.
But more than 2,500 people have expressed concern at the proposal, claiming it will put lives at risk.
Simon Herbert, of the Fire Brigades Union, said: “This is a clear downgrade in service that will affect many thousands of properties.”
Sarah Owen, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Hastings and Rye, said: “Any savings that need to be made should not come from frontline emergency services, where minutes can mean the difference between life and death.
“The firefighters are not only needed to provide protection, they carry out effective fire safety work within the community and any loss of services in Hastings will threaten this, as well as our overall resilience.”
Gary Walsh, deputy chief fire officer for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Our analysis of risk has indicated it will mean that we can reach an additional 4,000 households with two appliances within our performance standards of eight firefighters in eight minutes.
“This will ultimately improve the response to life-threatening incidents.”
Consultation on the plans is ongoing until December 7 before the results are discussed at the East Sussex Fire Authority meeting on December 13.
Visit www.esfrs.org/hastingsreview .
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