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Tenbury fire crew faces loss of engine
12:00pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
TENBURY looks set to lose one of its two fire engines.
But it looks as if the station in Burford will be retained following a review by fire chiefs.
The move is part of a cash-saving review of the service that would cut spending on fire and rescue in Herefordshire and Worcestershire by nearly £5 million in the next three years.
Fire bosses have undertaken a community risk management exercise which claims losing one of the two engines would have no impact upon the time it would take to reach local incidents.
However, in the event of two separate incidents happening at the same time or one requiring more than a single appliance there would be additional time in bringing in support from outside the immediate area.
The Tenbury station is staffed by retained firefighters who are not full time. Over recent years there has been a major problem in recruiting enough of these officers for the two engines.
A decision whether to make the change is expected to be made when the Fire Authority meets next Thursday.
Tenbury fire station has also been mentioned as a possible new base for police officers when the station in the town closes early next year.
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