Risk Review and What it Means

changes affecting the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
Fire Station

It’s taken about four years to plan and included a very long and detailed public consultation, resulting in a lot of changes to the initial draft plan that’s designed to set out final proposals for the fire Authority, covering frontline capability and activity based crewing.

I have always said that I won’t support anything that I think increases risk for the residents of Hampshire. I and fellow fire authority members make a decision about the plans next Wednesday. Even, on that day, we will listen to some final deputations before voting on the matter.

Although I am required to consider the interests of all the people in Hampshire, not unnaturally, the people who read this are most likely to be concerned about any proposed changes affecting Totton & Marchwood.

In Totton, there are no changes proposed from the consultation. The fire station is crewed by on-call fire fighters, with 10 full time equivalent posts. The same is true of Hythe.

For Hythe, the average response time is 7minutes, 36 seconds. It will be 7 minutes 20 seconds in future. In Totton, the average response time is 8 minutes 41 seconds. It will be 8 minutes 29 seconds in future.

New operating methods, including the use of smaller vehicles for some jobs, as well as different fire fighting capabilities, should ensure a better service. One very strong positive is the proposed use of a high pressure lance that will mean a far safer working method for the firefighters themselves.

SIGN UP FOR DAVID'S NEWSLETTER

Sign up to David's latest stories which are delivered to your inbox in the morning. Please note: your details including your email address will not be sold or given to a third party. 
Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.

Leave a Comment





Search the site

Latest Marchwood Stories

High Court Injunction To Stop Illegal Tree Felling Obtained By

January 19 2021

High Court injunction to stop illegal tree felling obtained by National Park Authority – New Forest National Park Authority

PARTIAL VICTORY It's good to read that the National Park Authority have acted, even getting a High Court Injunction, to stop continued illegal tree felling at Tatchbury. Sadly, some trees have already been lost. It takes years and years before trees that are lost through illegal felling are replaced. I wold hope that any prosecutions…

Dual Carriageway Doubts...

January 19 2021

DUAL CARRIAGEWAY DOUBTS…

DUAL CARRIAGEWAY DOUBTS I took part in a Waterside Conference today, along with other Councillors representing the Waterside and a number of key stakeholders (mainly representing big business interests). I have already written about the "Waterside Vision" which is a document setting out some good ideas for the area and how it might be developed…

January 19 2021

This looks to be quite a smart energy capturing idea. Perhaps a line of these on…

This looks to be quite a smart energy capturing idea. Perhaps a line of these on roads approaching Rushington roundabout, leading to discounted energy bills for people living in Eling, Hounsdown, Rushington and Ashurst Bridge? Energy from the gridlock. Learn more about wind power: https://wef.ch/2FWn7IE

Insulation Calls...

January 18 2021

INSULATION CALLS…

INSULATION CALLS I have just had one of those calls from somebody who announces himself as Patrick, "calling about some work that was carried out to my loft a while back" and explaining that he will need to arrange an appointment to get it checked. My acting a bit dumb and answering his questions with…

Police Slam 'not Local' Visitors Amid Packed New Forest Car

January 18 2021

Police slam ‘not local’ visitors amid packed New Forest car parks during lockdown

WHAT DOES THIS TELL US? It is certainly true that a lot of local New Forest car parks were full to capacity over the weekend. However, I would bet that most of the cars were owned by local people rather than visitors from Guildford or beyond. What lesson can be learned from this? I think…