Public meeting in Melton to discuss proposed fire service cuts

A tactical response vehicle
A tactical response vehicle
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Have your say

People of Melton can have their say on cost-cutting proposals announced by Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service by attending a public meeting at the town’s fire station, on Nottingham Road, on Friday night (7.45pm).

As previously reported in the Melton Times one of the proposals is to replace one of Melton’s fire engines with a smaller tactical response vehicle (TRV).

Fire service bosses say the TRV would be equipped to deal with incidents that don’t need the attendance of a traditional fire engine and full complement of firefighters. These would include road collisions, car, bin, shed and grass fires, automatic fire alarms, people locked out/in, animal rescues and small environmental spillages.

They also claim the TRV would be available 100 per cent of the time, whereas Melton’s second fife engine is only available for 83 per cent of the time.

But critics, including the Fire Brigades Union, have questioned the capabilities of the TRVs and fear the cost-cutting measures will put the public’s safety at risk.

The other money-saving proposals include the closure of Central and Kibworth stations and removing fire engines from some county stations, with the potential loss of 88 firefighter jobs.

Have your say by completing the questionnaire at http://www.leicestershire-fire.gov.uk/irmp