On Wednesday 4th November Rutland & Melton MP Alan met the heads of the Leicestershire and Rutland Fire Service ahead of a meeting in Parliament to discuss proposed changes.
The Fire Service is currently consulting on plans to re-organise its working practices and equipment use across the counties in response to the tough financial circumstances and the need to be ever more efficient. Rutland & Melton would be less affected by the proposed changes than other parts, but Alan emphasised the importance of maintaining effective and safe cover across the rural and built up parts of the constituency.
Alan said: ‘People understandably get a bit anxious whenever plans like this come out, but the Fire Service is actively consulting with MPs, the Fire Brigades Union and the public to raise awareness about what the changes would actually mean. The key is not always how many particular types of engine one station might have, but how effectively they are deployed when they are actually needed. I will continue to monitor this process and make sure we end up with a fair deal that provides good and safe cover.’
Photo: (Left to Right) David Tredinnick (MP for Bosworth), Nick Rushton (Chair of the Combined Fire Authority and Leader of Leicestershire County Council), Steve Lunn (Deputy Chief Fire Officer), Alison Greenhill (Treasurer to the Combined Fire Authority), and Richard Chandler (Chief Fire Officer)