YOU have the chance to see the new mini fire engines which could replace Frodsham Fire Station’s full-sized appliance.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service wants to replace the retained Frodsham fire engine, which once had a full-time crew, with two Targeted Response Vehicles (TRVs) and bring in TRVs at Winsford, Stockton Heath, Northwich and Congleton in place of their second fire engines.
The fire authority will be demonstrating the £70,000 TRVs at Helsby Parish Council meeting in Helsby library at 6.15pm this Monday, January 14.
Dave Williams, of Cheshire Fire Brigades Union, said: “We have got a lot of internal issues regarding health and safety with the smaller vehicles which we need to sort out so it’s safe for us to use them. Outside of that we don’t think the vehicles are suitable in the Frodsham area.
“They could deal with smaller incidents but anything of any significance or any building fires then the capabilities are just not there. It’s going to mean a reduction in fire coverage.
“The vehicles are a lot smaller and they struggle to carry three quarters of the kit that’s on the conventional vehicles.
“They haven’t got easy access to breathing apparatus. They are slower than the conventional vehicles and you can’t get a full crew in.
“We want to encourage people to contact their local councillors to make their feelings known about the issue.”
TRVs have been met with controversy in other parts of Cheshire.
The FBU claims Iveco appliances carry, shorter ladders, fewer staff than a normal fire engine, half the water capacity and do not have the full range of equipment.
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