COUNCILLORS have voiced their concerns over looming cuts within Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Members of Portsmouth City Council met fire officials at Southsea fire station to learn more about a cost-cutting plan being imposed in the coming years.
The move could see the removal of a fire engine in Southsea and the loss of jobs – though nothing has been confirmed and a public consultation would happen first.
But following the meeting yesterday, Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Portsmouth South, has written to the chief fire officer for Hampshire to oppose the plans.
‘Portsmouth has many high-rise buildings,’ he said.
‘Hampshire Fire Service has confirmed to me that it needs five fire engines to tackle a fire in a high rise.
‘Under these proposals, there will only be four fire engines left in Portsmouth.
‘This means we will rely on a fire engine coming from Waterlooville, Fareham or Porchester.
‘With our roads so congested, this means people in a high-rise block which is on fire will have to wait longer for the right number of fire engines to arrive to rescue them.
‘This is not acceptable.’