Save Frome's second fire engine
Save Frome's second fire engine
Frome's second fire engine is to be removed between 8am and 6pm every day, unless our community objects.
Far from being ‘safer together’, the cuts will make us all - you, your family and friends - less safe in an emergency.
Please take two minutes of your time to read this, sign the petition and respond to the consultation to object to the loss of our fire engine. Please also share this on social media and with friends and colleagues.
Everyone in Frome and surrounding villages relies on our local firefighters ‘on call’ at Frome Fire Station to respond quickly to emergencies using the two fire engines based there. The cuts proposed by Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s so-called “Safer Together” consultation in Option 5 will remove one of our two fire engines between 8am and 6pm.
Similar cuts are proposed to fire stations across Devon and Somerset, including Martock whose second engine would be removed completely in Option 3.
Please sign this petition and say why you are objecting to the cuts. Please also object to Options 3 and 5 in the Fire Service consultation here with the following points.
- Frome’s second engine is well used, around 78 times a year and 44% of the time, and Frome is the second busiest ‘on call’ station in Devon and Somerset.
- Emergency response times and risks to life will increase, the consultation documents admit. When a second fire engine is needed (to attend a house fire or road accident, or if the first engine is already responding to an emergency), we would have to wait for one from Wiltshire, Shepton Mallet or elsewhere. The Service’s relevant emergency response times will not be met in the daytime if the second engines are removed. This could mean more lives are lost in an emergency. This is not acceptable.
- Prevention work is vital, but this should not be at the expense of emergency responses. The consultation proposes that the cuts could release capacity for a ‘potential’ number of fire safety checks on homes and businesses to ‘mitigate impacts’, but these are not guaranteed and cannot prevent every fire or accident. We will still need a second fire engine in the daytime to respond to emergencies.
- All the cuts options would save £5.7 million and £985,000 a year in total, but the Fire Service has sufficient reserves, over £39 million, and could use some to avoid any cuts to emergency services. The cuts are therefore not justified at all.
It would make a difference if thousands of people objected to the loss of Frome's second fire engine under option 5, and Martock's in option 3, at
We only have until 22nd September. Frome Town Council and Mendip’s Cabinet are also raising concerns. Please also sign the Fire Brigades Union petition here.
A big reason for all this is that since 2015 the Conservative Government has cut funding for our fire service by £7.5 million, or 25%. The Service’s financial plan assumes Government cuts will continue (another £2.4m over the next 3 years) and Council Tax will not be able to fill the funding gap. Together with increased cost pressures there is a ‘savings requirement’ of £8.4 million over the next 5 years. So people also need to write to your current MP and ask that he stands up for our community by opposing these cuts.
Please act now – lives depend on it.
Mendip District Councillor for Frome College ward and Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate, Somerton & Frome