‘Speak out’ to save fire engine

Chris Molloy (below), the Fire Brigades Union Blackpool representative.
Chris Molloy (below), the Fire Brigades Union Blackpool representative.
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A union chief has urged the public to make the most of their “one and only chance” to save one of Blackpool’s fire engines.

A public meeting is set to be held to discuss the proposal, which has been made due to cuts forced on Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) by central Government.

Chris Molloy, the Fire Brigades Union Blackpool representative

Chris Molloy, the Fire Brigades Union Blackpool representative

Jobs could also be lost at South Shore fire station under the plan, which LFRS hopes will save £10m by 2016.

But Chris Molloy, the Fire Brigades Union’s Blackpool representative, says the public needs to make their voices heard during a consultation, which runs until October 20.

He said: “It’s vital that people make themselves aware of this proposal and what it means for them, because this consultation period is their one and only chance to have their say.

“Once it’s ended, that’s it - they’ll make a decision and the fire engine will either go or stay.

“The fact is we’ve got the busiest station in Lancashire and looking at the statistics you’re twice as likely to die in a fire in Blackpool than anywhere else in the rest of the county.”

The meeting will be held at Devonshire Primary School, on Devonshire Road, central Blackpool, at 6.30pm on Thursday September 19.

An online petition has also been set up to save the fire engine.

Mr Molloy added: “The public can make a difference and the more people who involve themselves in this, the better chance there is of keeping this fire engine.”

To sign the petition visit http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/53716.

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