Concern over loss of Grays rescue vehicle

Thurrock Gazette: Concern over loss of Grays rescue vehicle Concern over loss of Grays rescue vehicle

CONCERNS have been raised after it was revealed Grays fire station may lose a life-saving specialist vehicle.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has released plans to remove the specialist rescue engine within a year should this get approval at a meeting this week.

The vehicle was first introduced in the mid nineties and carries specialist equipment, including cutting tools, to remove casualties in road crashes.

The Grays-based vehicle’s usage has decreased in recent years, but it is still used more frequently than similar vehicles based in Colchester and Southend.

Between 2011 and 2012, it attended 165 emergency calls compared to the Colchester vehicle, which attended 122 and the Southend vehicle which attended 74.

Fire chiefs say the vehicles are used less now due to fire engines being able to carry more equipment.

A spokesman for the fire service said: “Rescue tenders no longer have a useful role as part of our emergency response.

“Continued investment by the Essex Fire Authority means that frontline appliances now carry most of the kit which was once only found on rescue tenders.

“The Southend and Harlow rescue tenders are the least used in the service.

“This is why they will be the first to be removed.”

The Southend and Harlow rescue tenders are set for immediate removal. Units in Grays and Colchester will be phased out over the next 12 months.

The plan could potentially save money equivalent to 60 firefighter posts.

However, Alan Chinn-Shaw, brigade secretary for the Essex Fire Brigade Union, who said he has not seen the precise details of the county authorities plan, said areas of service may suffer.

He said: “You will lose the experience of specialist firefighters who manned the rescue tenders, they attended more difficult incidents with large vehicles and multiple vehicle crashes and have valuable experience.

“There is also potential for a delay in service if not all equipment can be fitted onto a front line vehicle, another vehicle would have to bring the extra equipment.

“If that vehicle is another front line one there is the potential for a reduction in service as that vehicle and crew will not be able to attend other incidents.”

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7:13pm Thu 8 May 14

claysman says...

This is a disgrace what is it all about SAVE MONEY NOT LIFES
This is a disgrace what is it all about SAVE MONEY NOT LIFES claysman
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12:11am Fri 9 May 14

d_2da_ougle says...

clayman question i would ask to see before hand is has this been successfully achived on another borough before with a relistic like for like call out of the same behicle if the awnser was no then i would say short sighted however we do have the heavier end of the roads here in thurrock m25 new port opening and another crossing underway maybe short sighted
clayman question i would ask to see before hand is has this been successfully achived on another borough before with a relistic like for like call out of the same behicle if the awnser was no then i would say short sighted however we do have the heavier end of the roads here in thurrock m25 new port opening and another crossing underway maybe short sighted d_2da_ougle
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9:04am Fri 9 May 14

poortaxpayer says...

I would like to see Paramedics on board fire engines like they have in America - this would save countless lives.
I would like to see Paramedics on board fire engines like they have in America - this would save countless lives. poortaxpayer
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9:11pm Sun 11 May 14

d_2da_ougle says...

another thing to consider as we have more busy roads then most areas i bet the lbf have rescue tenders i mean how busy is the dartford crossing says it all
another thing to consider as we have more busy roads then most areas i bet the lbf have rescue tenders i mean how busy is the dartford crossing says it all d_2da_ougle
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