Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

November 20, 2011 19:01 ET

Concerns Confirmed Following the Publication of Fire Station Closure Details

KENT, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - Nov. 20, 2011) - The FBU's concerns regarding the increase in attendance times following the proposal to shut 8 Kent fire stations, have been realised.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service plan to close 8 fire stations as part of its Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP).

Halling, St Margaret's, Queenborough, Horton Kirby, Seal, Rusthall, Sturry and Matfield are all due to be shut as part of a review of fire cover.

As part of the consultation process the FBU have confirmed that the closures will result in an increase in attendance times, some being as much as 4 1/2 minutes.

National Research (ENTEC) has shown that there is a direct link between increased attendance times and an increase in fatality rates.

Data regarding the predicted run times of fire appliances show that station closures will result in many areas seeing an increase to above 10 minutes in attendance times. That is above what the KFRS sets as its performance target.

FBU Kent Brigade Secretary, Mark Simmons said:

"To wait an extra 4 1/2 minutes for the arrival of a fire engine is very concerning. The fire service motto is seconds count, and any increase to response times would have an impact. The quicker we can get to an incident the better chance we have of achieving a successful outcome. Fires develop very quickly, and it's important we get there as soon as possible. Fighting fires is dangerous in any circumstances, but tackling a fire that has been left longer to develop creates added risks to firefighters as well as increasing the possibility of fatalities or serious casualties"

The FBU calls upon the KFRS to rethink its plans prior to a final decision on the closures is made in February next year.

Contact Information

  • Fire Brigades Union
    Mark Simmons
    07827 300146

    Fire Brigades Union
    Jenny Impey
    07769 249102