South Wales Fire and Rescue Service have announced that following agreement from South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority, the Service will be consulting on the proposals recommended in Stage 3 of the Fire Cover Review.
In view of the changes that have already taken place in Aberbargoed, the potential re-location of Pontypridd Fire Station and the historical prevalence of Wildfire incidents at certain times of the year, the Service is recommending only one change within Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Either: Close Porth Station
Or: Remove the On-Call appliance from Pontypridd
There are no changes to fire cover in the Unitary Authorities of Caerphilly and Merthyr Tydfil.
The Review process has taken a detailed look at frontline services across the whole of our Service ensuring the right level of cover is in the right place at the right time. Stage 3 is the final part of the process and considers the distribution of resources throughout the Unitary Authorities of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr and Caerphilly.
Huw Jakeway, Chief Fire Officer, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said; “The review has looked at the location, number and type of resources within each of our authorities including Firefighters vehicles, equipment and Fire Stations – that are needed, and where they should be located to provide the most efficient and effective and safest fire and rescue service across South Wales”.
The Service’s main objective is to keep you safe through reducing risk of fire and other life threatening incidents. However, the Service, along with all public sector organisations in Wales, is facing a challenging financial future. We are also experiencing changes to the way our Service operates.
We have been tirelessly working with our communities, focusing on risk reduction activities to help keep them safe. I am proud to say that because of our work, the actual number of fire casualties has decreased, alongside the number of incidents we respond to.
Furthermore, we have not changed where and how we work since the Service was created in 1996.
So we are now taking this opportunity to revise the location and type of service we are providing for the public – to ensure we have the right people with the right skills in the right location to more effectively serve you, our communities. This is why we are considering making changes to our Service provision.
Any proposed changes to those resources will be consulted upon with our employees, the public and partners. This essential feedback from this consultation will be taken to our Fire and Rescue Authority for agreement before any decisions’ are made”.
“We want to hear your thoughts and opinions on the proposed changes. There are a number of ways you can give us your feedback.
“We will be holding public exhibitions across the South Wales area. Dates, times and locations of these meetings can be found under the related documents section of the Fire Cover Review page on our website:www.southwales-fire.gov.uk”.
“Posters with the details of the public exhibitions have been distributed to public places across the affected Unitary Authorities so please keep an eye out for these. At each of these exhibitions there will be senior Service personnel there to fully explain the proposals within the fire cover review and you will then be able to complete a questionnaire and leave your thoughts and opinions on these proposals”.
“You can also write us to at Freepost RSAU-CCXG-XKAS, South Wales Fire & Rescue Service, Unit 2, Forest View Business Park, Llantrisant, Pontyclun, CF72 8LX or email email@example.com”
“Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook and you will be able to leave comments and ask questions on the proposals within the fire cover review. Just search South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and use the hash tag #haveyoursay”.
“From tomorrow (26/03/14), you can complete a questionnaire on the proposals within the fire cover review. The link can be found under the related documents – survey monkey section of our website page”.