To take away a fire engine would be a ‘disaster,’ says town mayor

Market Weighton Fire Station.
Market Weighton Fire Station.

Market Weighton could be left with only one lifesaving fire engine as budget cuts threaten the on-call station.

One of the fire station’s two fire engines could go as Humberside Fire Authority looks to make cuts to save £2.1 million.

Currently the fire station on Cliffe Road has 22 on-call firefighters and three recruits manning two engines to cover Market Weighton and the surrounding area.

John Speak, watch manager at Market Weighton fire station, is concerned about the repercussions of having only one engine.

Fears have also arisen as the loss of an engine may also mean the loss of over one third of the on-call firefighters, believes Mr Speak.

“Every time we have a fire and need two engines, one will have to come from somewhere else which could mean a 15-minute 
delay before we get any back up,” he said.

He says that both engines attend around one third of all calls.

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His main concern is that one engine assists with calls in Pocklington while the other remains in Market Weighton.

A public meeting was held on Tuesday with the deputy chief fire officer, Chris Blacksell, running the meeting.

Having been watch manager at the station since 1992, Mr Speak has seen a lot of change. He said: “Most of it’s been for 
the better but quite frankly the lack of government investment has got to be found somewhere.”

Market Weighton’s mayor, Peter Hemmerman, said: “I don’t think it’s acceptable. We are a growing town, to take a way a fire engine from here would be a disaster. 
It’s going to affect lots of lives.”

They have urged everyone to have their say online at www.humbersidefire.gov.uk.

For those who cannot get online call John on 07852311467 and he can supply a paper copy of the survey.