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Tenbury firefighters battle to save engine
6:00am Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
FIRE fighters in Tenbury have started a campaign to save an engine at the station that serves the town.
Under proposals to save nearly £5 million the Hereford and Worcester Fire Service has it in mind to remove one of the two engines from the station in Burford.
But local fire fighters have launched a Save Our Siren campaign in a bid to get the threat removed.
Fire crews are urging people to make their concerns known during a consultation period, which ends next January.
The Tenbury firefighters say removal of the engine will reduce the level of cover for the town and surrounding area and increase the response time if backup is required.
Concern is also expressed about what would happen in the case of a flood when they say that the town is cut off like an island.
With two engines it is possible to have one either side of the river but this is not possible if one appliance is if one appliance is removed. The changes at Tenbury are among a number of proposals including either closing Bewdley station or removing an appliance from Kidderminster and the closure of the station at Kingsland or the removal of an engine from Leominster.
Tenbury firefighters in say these reductions to frontline services would further reduce the level of back-up available to the town.
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