Southend firefighters to lose rescue vehicle as county authority cuts service

Firefighters to lose rescue vehicle as county authority cuts service

Firefighters to lose rescue vehicle as county authority cuts service

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SOUTHEND fire station is set to lose a specialist vehicle used to cope with serious road accidents from its service if the county authority goes ahead with new proposals.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service have released plans to remove the specialist rescue engine from Southend should it get approval at a meeting on Wednesday.

The vehicle was first introduced in the mid-Nineties and carries specialist equipment, including cutting tools, to remove casualties involved in road crashes.

The vehicle’s use has decreased in recent years as front line fire engines become better equipped.

It only attended 74 calls during 2011 and 2012.

A spokesman for the fire service said: “Rescue tenders no longer have a useful role as part of our emergency response.

“Continued investment means frontline appliances now carry most of the kit which was once only found on rescue tenders.

“The Southend and Harlow rescue tenders are the least used in the service.

“This is why they will be the first to be removed.”

The Southend and Harlow rescue tenders are set for immediate removal, while the units in Grays and Colchester, which attended 165 and 122 calls respectively in the same period, are expected to be phased out over the next 12 months.

The plan could potentially save money equivalent to the cost of filling 60 firefighter posts.

However, Alan Chinn-Shaw, brigade secretary for the Essex Fire Brigade Union, who said he has not seen the precise details of the county authorities’ plan, said areas of service may suffer.

He said: “You will lose the experience of specialist firefighters who manned the rescue tenders.

“They attended more difficult incidents with large vehicles and multiple vehicle crashes and have valuable experience.

“There is also the potential for a delay in service if not all of the equipment can be fitted onto a front line vehicle, because then another vehicle would have to bring that extra equipment.

“If that vehicle is another front line one there is then the potential for a reduction in service, as that particular vehicle and its crew will not be able to attend any other incidents.”

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6:09am Tue 6 May 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Always seem to be on strike these days anyway.
Always seem to be on strike these days anyway. Keptquiettillnow
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8:17am Tue 6 May 14

Smudge0407 says...

Disgraceful. Stop cutting our emergency services. They are there for when they are needed. I would much rather know they are all there waiting to be used, than having to wait a long time when you need them.
Disgraceful. Stop cutting our emergency services. They are there for when they are needed. I would much rather know they are all there waiting to be used, than having to wait a long time when you need them. Smudge0407
  • Score: 3

1:45pm Tue 6 May 14

emcee says...

Quote: "The vehicle’s use has decreased in recent years as front line fire engines become better equipped."
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So it has come to the end of its useful and/or efficient lifespan. A legitimate reason why any equipment is discarded by any organisation or business. Have the Echo tried yet another "sensationalist" angle on a minor story about restructuring a tiny part of the fire service in order to release a wasp amongst the picnickers. Businesses up and down the country restructure their business every day in order to be more efficient. This is no different.
Quote: "The vehicle’s use has decreased in recent years as front line fire engines become better equipped." - So it has come to the end of its useful and/or efficient lifespan. A legitimate reason why any equipment is discarded by any organisation or business. Have the Echo tried yet another "sensationalist" angle on a minor story about restructuring a tiny part of the fire service in order to release a wasp amongst the picnickers. Businesses up and down the country restructure their business every day in order to be more efficient. This is no different. emcee
  • Score: 3

7:11pm Tue 6 May 14

John Bull 40 says...

Surprise surprise the Union are against the proposals, waving their shrouds
to frighten the general public, could have another strike, though they don't seem
to have much effect now they have got rid of the green goddesses.
Surprise surprise the Union are against the proposals, waving their shrouds to frighten the general public, could have another strike, though they don't seem to have much effect now they have got rid of the green goddesses. John Bull 40
  • Score: 0

4:42pm Wed 7 May 14

Obvious Remark says...

They don't use horse and cart anymore either.
They don't use horse and cart anymore either. Obvious Remark
  • Score: 1

7:29pm Sat 10 May 14

BMNO6 says...

emcee wrote:
Quote: "The vehicle’s use has decreased in recent years as front line fire engines become better equipped."
-
So it has come to the end of its useful and/or efficient lifespan. A legitimate reason why any equipment is discarded by any organisation or business. Have the Echo tried yet another "sensationalist" angle on a minor story about restructuring a tiny part of the fire service in order to release a wasp amongst the picnickers. Businesses up and down the country restructure their business every day in order to be more efficient. This is no different.
Quite right emcee. BUT why do they never restructure from the top down where the real money is wasted, fact. They could start by getting shot of the white elephant down the A12 they call HQ ! what a complete waste of money that was, and still is, another fact.
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: Quote: "The vehicle’s use has decreased in recent years as front line fire engines become better equipped." - So it has come to the end of its useful and/or efficient lifespan. A legitimate reason why any equipment is discarded by any organisation or business. Have the Echo tried yet another "sensationalist" angle on a minor story about restructuring a tiny part of the fire service in order to release a wasp amongst the picnickers. Businesses up and down the country restructure their business every day in order to be more efficient. This is no different.[/p][/quote]Quite right emcee. BUT why do they never restructure from the top down where the real money is wasted, fact. They could start by getting shot of the white elephant down the A12 they call HQ ! what a complete waste of money that was, and still is, another fact. BMNO6
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