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'Lives Will Be Put At Risk', Say Firefighters

Thursday April 10 2014

FIREFIGHTERS say the decision to get rid of Barnsley's second fire engine will put lives at risk.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said they had no option but to get rid of the vehicle, due a shortage of staff to crew all its fire engines.

Barnsley firefighter Adam Myers, 34, of Park Lane, Great Houghton, said: "If there's a fire in two different places, and there is only one fire engine, simple maths tells you it can't be everywhere at the same time.

"This could affect our safety as well as public safety - it heightens the risk for us."

He said response times would be greater, because cover would have to come from places such as Cudworth or possibly Dearne.

What do you think to this? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by 4Ft11andshrinking on Thursday April 10 2014 at 16:19
The most important issues in this country need addressing now before it's too late. There is a very long list, it's disgusting what is happening!

Reply Posted by lee on Thursday April 10 2014 at 16:29
Council tax goes up, number of fire engines go down, my house sets on fire, ill have to wait 15 mins. Its the people of penistone and surrounding areas i worry for, just gonna sit and watch ur house burn down - if ur lucky

Reply Posted by bobby buttercrack on Thursday April 10 2014 at 16:47
Absolutley riddiculous. Nobody consulted me. I live in town and i never knew a fire engine had been taken away. So if theres two fires at once in barnsley we have to wait till one comes from cudworth or dearne valley. This stinks. Lives could well be lost by this. Money before life. Just wrong

Reply Posted by frum tarn on Thursday April 10 2014 at 17:04
Wrong. Just wrong. Russian roulette with peoples lives. Cant believe what is happening. Who voted for this?

Reply Posted by bobby davro on Thursday April 10 2014 at 17:12
I hope they give the money they save to the first family thats a victim of this terrible decision. People come first!!!

Reply Posted by Nic on Thursday April 10 2014 at 23:34
Bad news. Aren't they too busy usually, on strike anyway to fill 2 wagons?

Reply Posted by Nic on Thursday April 10 2014 at 23:39
'Simple Maths' also tells me Fireman Sam doesn't give a stuff about people's lives when he decides to go on strike, like at Bonfire night etc. If you expect support fellas, play the game. You're public servants

Reply Posted by sammy on Friday April 11 2014 at 18:18
The fire engine has been mothballed because firefighters refuse to work a new shift pattern which would have saved 400,000 according to another newspaper.

Reply Posted by a on Friday April 11 2014 at 21:58
People of barnsley need to know that management decisions are being made that are risking lives. Recently there have been some very close incidents where fire cover wasnt available right across the barnsley area.

Reply Posted by anon on Friday April 11 2014 at 22:07
I thought there was a duty of care? Its wrong,and lives will be lost. Disgusting decision.

Reply Posted by a on Friday April 11 2014 at 22:23
I really hope that lives aren't lost before the decision is made to reinstate the pump. My advice for the people of barnsley is to be extra vigilant. My partner is a fireman and in his 25 years of service he is genuinely worried.

Reply Posted by reds on Sunday April 13 2014 at 02:29
Lets have a vote??? New library?? Or keep the extra fire engine? We can waste money on a new library even tho we already had one but cant keep fire service running? Priorities all wrong

ipso Regulated