Blog of Gareth Fairhurst, former Cllr on Wigan Council.
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Standish under threat again from lack of Fire Engines
I heard that yesterday there was a fire in Standish on High street at a shop. Wigan Fire Station has two pumps. One Engine was out on another job yesterday when the call came in for the Fire in Standish so they Brigade sent the back up pump from Wigan and the second one came from Hindley. Nothing too much wrong with this however, I have had it on good authority that the brigade is looking to cut further and one of those cuts could be in the way of the second pump at Wigan. If this did happen then when the call came in for Standish yesterday there would have been no pump in Wigan station and then they would have had to send the pump from Hindley and the second would have had to come from how know where.
Whilst I have not heard of any injuries thankfully I am concerned that if the second engine is cut in Wigan then lives will be put more at risk.
I will be contacting the Brigade about this and voicing my concerns and asking for their reassurances that they will not be cutting the second engine.