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Liberal Democrats confirm policy on changes to Surrey Fire and Rescue Service

October 7, 2019 2:49 PM
Originally published by Surrey County Council Lib Dems

LibDems at County HallThe Liberal Democrat Group at SCC is concerned that the service was declared inadequate by Inspectors in December, and that the service is still seriously short of trained firefighters as a result of previous proposed cuts and a recruitment freeze. We believe the current plan to cut night time cover will unacceptably reduce response times; any change to the SFRS agreed by the Council should not reduce response times.

We are further worried that the issue of the number of crew on each appliance continues to be a matter of concern for firefighters. Because there are four not five crew on each appliance, even if an appliance reaches an incident within the required response times, they cannot use breathing apparatus or tackle the fire with all their equipment until another appliance arrives, bringing the extra firefighter. The recent consultation did not address this issue, which still remains a matter of concern for firefighters, and therefore for residents.

SCC needs to restore the confidence of residents by securing a "good" judgement from Inspectors and addressing these concerns.