The Fire Service in Rhondda Cynon Taff is the latest of our emergency services to face cutbacks under the guise of 'changes in the way we operate.'
South Wales Fire and Rescue Service have launched phase 3 of their Fire Cover Review which has already led to closures of fire stations and cut backs in the number of appliances across the region. Now it is the turn of Rhondda Cynon Taff, Merthyr and Caerphilly.
Suggestions include the closure of Porth Fire Station and the removal of one of the appliances from Pontypridd cutting it down to one.
RCT Welsh Liberal Democrat Campaign Manager Karen Roberts said
"People are sick and tired of seeing their essential services being eroded. Whilst still reeling from the news that the Royal Glamorgan is going to be effectively downgraded residents will now be faced with losing life saving fire and rescue provision.
"This is a decision for the individual Fire & rescue Authority to take but the Welsh Government Minister has the right to intervene should he feel that safety of the public could be adversely affected.
"The 2013 Welsh Labour Government programme for government update stated that their aim was to make communities safer through reductions in fire and road safety incidents. The Local Government Minister stressed their commitment to this in a debate at the Assembly today (25th March). I hope they will be as good as their word, although recent events would suggest otherwise."
Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell who represents the Trallwn ward in Pontypridd added
"The Fire Authority is made up of 24 Councillors from Local Authorities within its area and is therefore entirely Labour dominated.
"We have seen the closure of Police Stations in places such as Tonyrefail, despite the assurances of former Labour council leader and Chair of the Police Authority, Russell Roberts, to the contrary. Cwm Taf Health Board with its Labour appointed Chair have rolled over and given in to the downgrading of the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. Now the Fire Authority under labour control are looking to downgrade our Fire Stations.
"We will be submitting a response to the consultation once we have seen the full proposals and spoken to people who operate this essential service at ground level but I for one will not be sitting back and saying nothing whilst yet more services are removed from Pontypridd."
The RCT Council representatives on the South Wales Fire & Rescue Authority are labour Councillors:
Steven Bradwick, Barrie Morgan, Sylvia Jones, Joy Rosser.