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Fire Consultation Starts

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:33am 16th January 2012. (Updated at 11:18am 16th January 2012)

Campaigners vow to fight changes to fire cover in west Cornwall.

A public consultation is starting over plans to merge Camborne and Redruth.

The council wants wants an 'on-call' centre in Hayle too.

Officials say it will save cash and improve response times.

But campaigners are worried about access to villages and fear lives will be put at risk.

Councillor Lisa Dolley said:

" They go up to Carrick and St Day and Lanner and Mount Hawke, to Chacewater. It's a huge area. United Downs Industrial Estate is there, we've got oil depots out there, we've got timber depots, we've got scrap yards. I really don't think those figures have been thought out."

" I don't actually see that we have a problem with fire cover in our area. The fire cover in our area is absolutely superb. Going back 20 years there's only been one death that I can think of"

Paul Walker from the council insists the shake-up will mean better cover:

" We've backed up the computer modelling by undertaking some blue light runs to ensure that we can get to the distance suggested and our indications are that we could respond to up to 15 thousand more people within our ten minute response times"

He says they are not cutting but replacing two stations, with another two new stations:

" When my full time crews at Camborne are out at an incident we have to make cover moves so we can still make a response to Hayle and we believe by having an additional on call resource in Hayle we will deliver a much better service to the people of Cornwall"

A public consultation has been started. You can see the details here

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