Hereford and Worcester campaign over fire engines cuts plan

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Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members have been campaigning in Hereford and Worcester against plans to cut one fire engine from stations in both cities.

They have been trying to get people to sign a petition ahead of a fire authority meeting on 9 June.

The unions fears essential fire cover would be lost. Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service needs to save nearly £5m over three years.

The service and the fire authority have not commented on Saturday's action.

Union members have been campaigning in High Town, Hereford, and Warndon in Worcestershire.

The local FBU representative, Steve Gould, said: "We're not only looking at losing appliances at Hereford and Worcester (but) also retained appliances at Redditch, Tenbury and Ledbury."

He said lives could be at risk if the engines were lost: "Most definitely. Worcester (in) 2012 did 2,200 incidents. A fire engine does nigh on 700 incidents a year.

"In Hereford, it would leave a whole county with one whole-time fire engine.

"It's a large county with not a brilliant road infrastructure."

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