Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 13°C

Search

Felixstowe: Resort’s fire cover will be reduced to retained crews within the next two weeks

PUBLISHED: 12:57 11 June 2014

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

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

Archant

Felixstowe fire station will be staffed by retained firefighters only within the next two weeks.

The county council’s cabinet approved the change yesterday – it is the last phase in the changes to the station that started in 2011.

At that time the station was staffed by a crew of 12 full-time firefighters during the day seven days a week. The first stage of the change was to staff the station only five days a week with eight firefighters in August 2011.

After a year this decision was reviewed – and the decision was taken to convert the fire station to one staffed by a “nucleus” crew of just four full-time firefighters five days a week.

This meant that any call-out would have to rely on some of the 21 retained firefighters at Felixstowe being available to make up the crew.

By reducing the full-time element the council will save £160,000 a year – the crew currently based at Felixstowe will be transferred to other stations.

Presenting the report to Suffolk County Council’s cabinet yesterday, public protection spokesman Colin Spence said that between July 2012 and December 2013 the station had dealt with 338 calls. Of these 151 (45%) had been false alarms.

But only 129 (38%) had been at times when full-time firefighters had been on duty – an average of 1.68 calls a week. Of these 59 calls (46%) had been false alarms.

Graham Newman, who is Felixstowe Town Mayor as well as being a cabinet member, said he had abstained when the town council had discussed the issue and would be doing so again – but it was difficult to argue with the statistics.

However Ipswich Labour councillor Peter Gardiner was concerned that the change could make it take longer for appliances to reach incidents quickly.

He was particularly worried about the length of time it would take for appliances to reach Felixstowe from Ipswich along the A14.

A seven-year-old girl drowned at her best friend’s birthday pool party while there was no lifeguard on duty, an inquest heard.

After weeks of drama, tears, and a nail-biting final, the stars of ITV2’s Love Island returned to Stansted Airport yesterday.

A 32-year-old man has appeared in court charged with deliberately touching a woman’s bottom in Primark.

Witnesses to a crash in which a blue Jaguar car came off the A12 in Suffolk and collided with a tree are being urged to contact police.

An 88-year-old man who died following a road collision in Barton Mills has been formally named as former referee Charles McCulloch, of Seymore Street, Cambridge.

Children at a Suffolk school’s summer fair were given a tour of an ambulance and the chance to play with its lights and sirens.

The company which runs Foxhall Stadium today pleaded guilty to jeopardising the safety of the public at the speedway and banger racing venue.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24