The removal of a part-time fire engine from Bangor Fire Station is just one proposals, along with station closures and potential job loses across North Wales, as the fire service looks to save nearly £2 million.
North Wales Fire Service needs to save £1.9m over 2019 and 2020 and had proposed making wide-spread cuts to frontline services, or asking councils to increase contributions to meet the shortfall.
The options, which would be put out to public consultation before a decision is made, include:
- Removing the second fire engine from Wrexham or changing the hours so it is used to cover the daytime only
- Changing Deeside and/or Rhyl 24-hour shift stations to day staffing only, with on-call firefighters covering night shifts
- Closing one or more retained – un-staffed – fire stations
- Changing one or more manned fire station to on-call (retained) stations
- Removing the part-time engine from one of the stations in Holyhead, Caernarfon, Bangor, Llandudno, Colwyn Bay, Rhyl, Deeside and Wrexham
Hywel Williams MP Said: “As a Member of Parliament and Assembly Member representing a constituency in north Wales, the level of emergency service cover across our constituency and the ability to respond to serious incidents both now and in the future is of prime concern to us.
“We are very concerned at the proposed cuts to the service, especially the proposal to remove a part-time engine from Caernarfon or Bangor and the potential loss of fifty two frontline jobs along with a cut in the number of retained firefighters and the knock-on effect on other stations.
“Such broad cuts as these have the potential to significantly impact the way firefighters respond to incidents, particularly in large, dispersed rural areas. This will further add to the pressures faced by an already stretched service.
“Local knowledge and expertise should be safeguarded in order to protect the public. There is real danger that the loss of local firefighters with detailed knowledge of their patch could lead to a dangerous vacuum, amplifying the danger to life and property.”