Decision due on fire cover that includes losing engine from Halifax

Halifax Fire Station, King Cross, Halifax
Halifax Fire Station, King Cross, Halifax

Plans to reform fire cover which include taking one of Halifax Fire Station’s engine away will be considered on Friday.

In a bid to meet budgetcuts, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is proposing a raft of changes including removing the Halifax engine and replacing it with a resilience pump.

The plans and record levels of public feedback to them will go before West Yorkshire Fire Authority on Friday. If approved, they would be implemented from 2013.

Chief Fire Officer Simon Pilling said: “The success of the brigade’s fire safety work over the past 10 years means there is undeniable scope for change. Accidental fire deaths and injuries are at an all-time low and some stations are now half as busy as they were a few years ago so I’m confident we can rationalise and modernise the service whilst still providing effective fire cover.

“We know we have to find cuts of between £8m abd £12m over the next two years – and already have plans in place - but all the messages coming out of central Government project further reductions in financial support for local authorities up to 2020. I believe that these proposals represent changes that will have the least impact on emergency cover for the county, yet contribute significantly to addressing the financial gap the authority must address.”