Lib Dems keep up opposition to cuts in county fire service

Opposition to any cuts in funding for the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has been reaffirmed by Liberal Democrats serving on the county council.

“The Liberal Democrat group will continue to oppose any reductions in the funding to the fire and rescue service,” said John Hale, county councillor for Colney Heath and Marshalswick (pictured here).

John Hale: \

John was speaking during a debate on the Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) for the service, during which he reminded councillors that “a well-resourced, fully trained and properly equipped fire and rescue service is vital to the well-being of residents and visitors to our county”.

The Liberal Democrats on Hertfordshire County Council supported the revised risk management plan as it provides an opportunity to trial alternative vehicles for getting fire fighters to incidents.

Trial of smaller, faster fire engine
The revised IRMP does that without removing any of the existing fire engines, therefore providing, at least for the duration of the trial, an enhanced service.

Liberal Democrats had opposed the draft IRMP in 2018, but following amendments made to that document considered the revised IRMP fit for purpose.

The proposals will see an alternative vehicle being trialled in Watford. This will be a smaller vehicle than the current fire engines and will therefore be able to reach some incidents quicker than a large fire engine, and where a large engine might not be required.

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