Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Authority wants firefighters on call from 7pm - 9am, rather than on site, cutting staffing from 32 to The authority said resources would be better used, and savings would go on fire prevention.
But the service said no decisions have been made and there are other options. The options for cuts presented by fire chiefs at a meeting last week are: Closing Knighton, Montgomery, Pontyates and Cymmer fire stations Closing Pontarddulais and Gorseinon fire stations and replacing them with one new fire station Removing full-time firefighters from Pembroke Dock, Milford Haven and Ammanford fire stations and replacing them with part-time cover Downgrading Morriston, Port Talbot and Neath fire stations from hour shift stations to day-crewed stations Changing to the crewing system at Swansea Central and Swansea West fire stations from hour shift stations to a self-rostered crewing arrangement Merging Swansea command area with Neath Port Talbot and combining Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion into another The service blames the savings on UK Treasury funding cuts passed onto local authorities by the Welsh government.
That is an increase in the response time and that has a direct effect on the risk to the community. Similar proposals to downgrade stations and replace full-time firefighters with on-call crews were made earlier this year by South Wales Fire Service.The Authority’s effective business processes and day-to-day resource ‘Are the arrangements of Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Authority (the Authority) likely to secure as part of the Risk Reduction Plan consultation process.
The Authority’s arrangements make. Through its Transformation programme, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service continually strive to fulfil its vision of being a world leader in emergency response and community safety and this is another step towards to reaching this goal.
It is the responsibility of the Fire Authority, advised by the chief fire officer and treasurer to the Authority as to the budget requirement for /15 Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue .
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