Save our Fire Station
I have set up this page as a source of information to enable you to answer the consultation for the closure of our station. Unfortunately I am unable to cut and paste the relevant text, you will need to follow the links and wade through the information, Sorry, Merv.
Please score all of the questions as Zero, and comment that is a bad idea to cut response to fund prevention, then you can add comments of your own under the do you think you will be affected page and comments page at the end. They want to know your details to prove that the consultation has reached diverse corners of the community.
The Mercedes fire engine, which was designed and built by DSFRS specifically for rural fire fighting dates from 1996, the conversion was undertaken ” in house” and it was first used here at Kingston on 9th Dec 1998.
It does have a front mounted winch but would not be used for rescue of persons due to certification, it is used for vehicle stabilisation at Road traffic incidents.
Unfortunately you will need to comment on every aspect of the form or yours will not enter the data base and will not be considered. As a guide none of the stations should be closed, the resources are not being moved to other more needy places they are being cut. ( save the Topsham vehicle which will carry out the same role from Middlemoor fire station, this will require significant investment recruiting and training of on call staff in an area where none exist at the moment)
Cutting 3rd pumps and 2nd pumps at stations is a reasonable option, but will not make the savings required, reducing cover at whole time stations will make vast savings, and as attendance time is no longer a priority maybe more could be reduced to day cover. The option for 6 appliances to be sited where incidents will occur is farcical, there should however be a pool of staff to cover the gaps in the on call establishment, currently the on call establishment is less than 69% and falling. Fire safety advocates are currently employed to carry out visits to vulnerable members of the community, maybe recruiting a few more would be a good investment.
The removal of the 8 stations will increase the workload for their neighbours by around 890 calls per year, this will reduce the time they are available to respond to incidents.
Kingston is in an isolated area served by very narrow roads where local knowledge is most important.
b) Kingston received 22 callouts last year. 12 were within the parish, the other ten were to adjoining parishes not readily accessible from elsewhere.
c) Kingston has a small fire engine able to negotiate narrow roads; it also has a front mounted electric winch that has proved its worth over the 21 years in service at Kingston this Mercedes appliance although 23 years oldhas plenty of life left and does not need replacing. The statement that over £300K is needed for a new appliance is nonsense.
d) The statement that locations currently served by Kingston could all be accessed from elsewhere within 15 minutes after receiving the call is simply not true. The distances in miles relating to Kingston shown on your tinyurl.com/yxgvgdkp website are not the sensible road distances – they appear to be as the crow flies. Even if they refer to the shortest possible routes they are not the ones used by most locals using cars let alone a fire engine.
Using AA route planner we have found the following distances between Kingston Fire Station and our neighbouring stations.
Modbury Fire Station to Kingston Fire Station: 4.8 miles. (against 3.67 miles quoted).
Kingsbridge Fire Station to Kingston Fire Station 10.3 miles. (against 7.7 miles quoted).
Ivybridge Fire Station to Kingston Fire Station: 9 miles (against 7.2 miles quoted).
e) The running cost of Kingston Fire Station is extremely low as the building is leasehold at a nominal rent of £2 per annum, it has a team of 4 fire fighters, not 12 as quoted on your station profile,