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Lichfield to lose fire engine after plans are approved

Plans to axe one of the two fire engines based in Lichfield have been approved.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority (FRA) gave the go ahead for the appliance to be replaced by a targeted response vehicle.

Other changes will see annualised hours introduced and a reduction in the whole-time day shift from 12 to 11 hours.

Chairman of the FRA, Len Bloomer, said: “We firmly believe that prevention is the key to saving lives and that it is far better than cure. This ethos is very clearly working, demonstrated by the fact that operational demand has decreased by around 33 per cent over the last six years.

“The changes that we have agreed to will see operational capacity reduced by less than 10 per cent. There will be no job losses as a result of the decisions.”

The move has been criticised by Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant, who branded the move “irresponsible and reckless”.

He said: “This is unacceptable and could be life threatening. Lichfield is the only whole-time fire station to have an operational large Scania fire engine removed. It is as if Lichfield is being singled out.”

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