FULL SIZED FIRE ENGINES TO REMAIN IN PORT TALBOT

Aberavon AM David Rees has welcomed news that Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service have reviewed their position on ‘Rural Response Pumps’ (RRPs)and have now decided that the two full sized fire engines will remain in Port Talbot.

David has been involved in prolonged discussions with Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service together with the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) since the announcement, earlier this year, that smaller RRPs could be replacing full sized fire engines in his constituency. During the consultation the FBU said the change would put at risk the lives of both fire-fighters and the public and issued a safety critical notice to the authority.

David Rees AM said:
“I’m delighted that months of hard work and consultation have led to this result. Whilst I have always welcomed the opportunity of additional resources coming to the area, I was highly concerned that the new 4×4 van that would be replacing one of our current fire engines at Port Talbot could have put at risk the lives of both fire-fighters and the public. The FBU have expressed similar concerns and their professional experience must be taken into account.”

“Whilst being strategically effective in certain areas, it was questionable how effective or appropriate such a van was for a town such as Port Talbot as a replacement vehicle.”

In a written response, received by David Rees AM, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service has assured him that the two type B “standard full sized” fire appliances currently provided at Port Talbot will remain. The RRP originally planned for Port Talbot will now instead be strategically located in Ammanford.