CROSBY 2nd FIRE ENGINE, DECISION NOT YET MADE
Merseyside Fire Authority has had to cut over £7 million from this year’s
budget. Because the cut in the Tory / Lib Dem government grant is ‘back
loaded’ there will be worse and bigger cuts into years 3 and 4.
The authority is facing unpalatable and severe cuts in future years and the
members of the authority are looking at changes that will have the least
impact on public safety.
Commenting on press speculation about the future of the second Fire Engine
at Crosby Fire Station, Councillor Les Byrom said : “Because of unprecedented cuts in the Government grant, a proposal not to permanently staff some second fire engines is under consideration, but I have spoken to the Fire Authority again and they have confirmed to me that a decision as to which fire engines will be affected has not yet been made. I will be working and lobbying within the authority for Crosby to remain
Merseyside has been the safest place in England to live from a fire safety point of view, fire deaths and fire incidents have fallen dramatically since the Merseyside authority started its massive push on community fire safety including fitting free smoke detectors and home fire safety checks. This has now been accepted as a model of operation within the UK and the world.
Cllr Byrom went on to say ” I hope we can maintain our position as one of the safest areas to live, this will be difficult given the coalition governments cuts but we will do our best to put public safety first”
Councillor Les Byrom
Labour candidate Victoria Ward