Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 17°C


Felixstowe: Concern voiced over plans to remove all full-time fire officers from resort

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 February 2014

Felixstowe Fire Station - full-time crews are set to be removed

Felixstowe Fire Station - full-time crews are set to be removed


Community leaders have called on fire service chiefs to cancel proposals to remove all full-time officers from one of Suffolk’s biggest towns.

Strong concerns have been voiced over the extra time it will take on-call crews to reach emergencies in Felixstowe, especially as response times have declined with reductions so far in the town’s full-time firefighters.

Felixstowe Town Council agreed by seven votes to four to ask Suffolk County Council to cancel the withdrawal of the remaining officers,
saying it was unconvinced financial savings outweighed the real risks to lives and property.

Councillor Michael Sharman said Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service had not made a clear case for the changes for the town, which has 12,000 homes and 1,500 businesses, and is due to have 1,760 more homes.

He said: “There has been a significant dip in the performance standard of the first appliance within 11 minutes from 94.29% in 2012 to 83.87% last year – the lowest for at least a six-year period.

“This is a fact that must be associated with crewing arrangements being changed from a five-day full-time crew model to a five-day nucleus model.

“Moreover, there has also been a dimunition in the performance standard for the second appliance, down from 100% in 2012 to 95.83% last year.

“I am very concerned that the availability of the second Felixstowe appliance continues to fall and the actual number of hours of unavailability continues to rise dramatically and is projected to be almost 1,000 hours for a full year.”

Fire chiefs say their latest review of the phased reduction in officers supports the withdrawal.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Police are due to announce an update on the search for missing RAF gunner Corrie McKeague this afternoon.

A £3.8million funding boost has been given to the NHS in Essex and Suffolk for three major projects.

Police have launched an investigation into a suspected murder at a home in Cumberland Avenue, Bury St Edmunds.

A high-speed car chase led police across two counties and smashed through rail crossing barriers at Lakenheath train station, Station Road, last night.

Certified puppy breeders have spoken out over a hard-hitting new report which names Suffolk and Essex as illegal puppy farming hotspots.

An Essex labourer who sexually assaulted a drunk woman as she walked home from a night out in Colchester has been jailed for seven years and four months.

Engineers have started drilling under the River Orwell as part of a £30 million scheme to boost power supplies in Suffolk and Essex.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads


Click here to view
the Eating Out


Visit the Broads


Click here to view
the Visit the Broads


Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24