Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Cornwall's Fire Service Could Face a Merger

news_firefighter.jpg
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

4:01pm 13th September 2013
(Updated 4:01pm 13th September 2013)

The cuts could force Cornwall to share a fire brigade with Devon and Somerset.

Cornwall Council is deciding whether to investigate the idea.

It would only happen if the Duchy's service has to make more than 2.25 million pounds worth of savings.

Reacting to news that Cornwall Council is considering merging Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, South West Fire Brigades Union Secretary, Phil Jordan, said: "Bigger is not always better, and firefighters believe a merger would threaten public safety in Cornwall.

"A merger would mean Cornwall would lose control of its Fire and Rescue service and decisions about its operation would be handed to a Fire Authority covering three counties.

"It would almost certainly lead to further losses of funding from central government, a loss of fire control in Cornwall which would lead to the loss of local knowledge when responding to fires, which can be the difference between life and death."

Earlier this year, Avon Fire and Rescue Authority considered and rejected a merger with Devon and Somerset, which has just made big cutbacks.

In 2010, the government's plans to 'regionalise' fire control centres were scrapped after an estimated £500 million loss.

The plans would have seen local emergency fire control rooms close and replaced with one regional call centre.

4:01pm 13th September 2013

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
fire 1

WATCH: Fire Warnings For Cornwall

Crews issue advice after blazes in Launceston and Redruth

Most read
lorry stuck at pentewan

UPDATE: Narrow Cornish Road - Lorry Gets Stuck

It took almost 24 hours to move it at Pentewan

dogs die in cliff falls

Two Dogs Die After Falling From Cliffs

North Cornwall crews got two shouts in two hours

Top articles

WATCH: Cornwall's Hidden Health Problem

Cornwall News: One in four people with diabetes don't know about it

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Business Cornwall News - Friday, 18th December 2015

Business Cornwall News: Cornwall is spearheading reform of the Uk’s business licensing laws following a a year-long project.

Trainspotting: Ewan McGregor admits he had 'bad sequel' fears

Showbiz News: Ewan McGregor has told Sky News he was worried about tarnishing the reputation of the original Trainspotting with a bad sequel - but that all his reservations were forgotten after reading the script.

Outsider 'comes first' in French Socialists presidential primary

World News: Outsider Benoit Hamon is leading the first race to decide which Socialist candidate will run for President, early results show.

Two baseball stars die in separate car crashes in Dominican Republic

Sports News: Two Major League Baseball stars have been killed in separate car crashes in Dominican Republic.

WATCH: Chewbacca Sings Silent Night

Strange News: You won’t regret watching this festive treat

Newer article

Pirate FM Rugby Round-Up

Cornwall News: Cornish Pirates, Redruth and Launceston all in action

Older article

Hepatitis C Screening Offered To Patients

Cornwall News: A former worker at Treliske in the 1980s has tested positive for Hepatitis C

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate Extra Footer LogoEscape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training

 

© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.