Overwhelming support for fire engine

Meeting at Market Weighton fire station, on Cliffe Rd, about possibility of losing fire engine. NPOC PA1603-10e

Meeting at Market Weighton fire station, on Cliffe Rd, about possibility of losing fire engine. NPOC PA1603-10e

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An on-call fire station wants to thank the people of Market Weighton for their support to protect one of the station’s two fire engines.

Market Weighton Fire Station could be left with only one lifesaving engine with budget cuts looming as Humberside Fire Authority attempts to save £2.1 million.

Meeting at Market Weighton fire station, on Cliffe Rd, about possibility of losing fire engine.'NPOC PA1603-10a'Fire officer who will be conducting the meetings'Jason Kirby (emergency response manager), Niall Mckiniry (director of emergency response), Chris Blacksell (deputy chief fire officer)

Meeting at Market Weighton fire station, on Cliffe Rd, about possibility of losing fire engine.'NPOC PA1603-10a'Fire officer who will be conducting the meetings'Jason Kirby (emergency response manager), Niall Mckiniry (director of emergency response), Chris Blacksell (deputy chief fire officer)

The station is one of six which could face cuts and lose and engine and a public meeting was held last night (Tuesday January 19) to discuss the options available with deputy chief fire officer Chris Blacksell, Niall Mckiniry, director of emergency response, and Jason Kirby, emergency response manager.

The town turned out in support of the fire station and the meeting room was filled with concerned residents.

John Speak, watch manager of Market Weighton station, said: “It was extremely well attended. We had to do two sessions and we are absolutely over the moon with the amount of people that managed to turn out.

“The fire station would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came.”

There are six proposed options to save money and the fire authority is urging people in the area to voice their opinions on a online consultation and vote for which option should be put in place.

Mr Speak feels as though cost wise cutting engines of on-call fire engines is not a quick or viable way to raise the money.

He feels merging Immingham East and West Fire Station and removing one engine is the most cost effective.

“What was said last night is that obviously if people go for the Immingham option then we can have an immediate £1.1 million saving,” he said.

“Cutting retained fire stations is not good value for money. The little bit of saving really doesn’t justify the loss of such a valuable asset.

The online consultation can be filled in at www.humbersidefire.gov.uk/operational-efficiency-programme-survey/survey
For those who cannot fill in the survey online speak to any retain fire fighter, or call John on 07852 311467 and they will supply you with a hard copy.