Cornwall Council has approved plans to reorganise emergency fire cover in west Cornwall.
Members at this week’s Council’s Cabinet meeting supported plans to relocate the existing community fire stations in Camborne and Redruth to a new station at Tolvadden.
They alos supported plans to build a new shared emergency service centre in Hayle which would mean an extra 14,000 people could be reached within ten minutes of a fire alert.
The £8.37m plans put forward by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service would also see support services, including Fire Control, the engineering workshops, training and CCTV, move to a new single site Service Headquarters co-located with the new Camborne, Pool, Redruth Community Fire Station at Tolvaddon.
Proposing the recommendation Lance Kennedy, the Council’s portfolio holder for community safety and public protection, said the scheme took into account the changes which have taken place in the local area over the past 40 years, including improved road networks, expanding towns with huge visitor numbers and technical developments. He added this would significantly improve the fire, rescue and community safety service delivered to the people of Cornwall.
“We recognise that relocating community fire stations and service headquarters is an emotive topic, but the evidence for change is compelling” he said. “This scheme brings 14,000 people within the 10-minute call out time and as for the residents of Hayle, not since the Second World War have they been able to sleep safely in their beds knowing there is fire cover in the town.”
“The new facilities, which will be modern, environmentally friendly and energy efficiency, will also provide space for training and will be available for use by the community and partners”.
The proposals have been developed following widespread consultation with local MP’s, Cornwall Councillors, town and parish councils, Devon and Cornwall Police, the South West Ambulance Service, and members of the public and staff during 31 consultation events.
This included extensive testing of blue light response times which showed that the relocation of the two community fire stations to Tolvaddon would enable the service to reach an additional 13,900 people within the 10 minute response time.
Members also heard that relocating the community fire stations more centrally and close to the A30 at Tolvaddon would mean crews at the new station would be better placed to reach road accidents on the A30, A3047 and the surrounding areas. The new station at Hayle would also mean those crews could reach the scene of road accidents in the town and surrounding area more quickly.
The Council has already submitted a bid for funding to the Department for Communities and Local Government and, following this week’s decision to support the scheme, officers will now be seeking to formally acquire the site.
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