Proposed reduction in full-time crew at Buckingham ‘a risk to public safety’ says former firefighter

Small fire in an incinerator at Barclay's Bank,Buckingham.'110329M-C634
Small fire in an incinerator at Barclay's Bank,Buckingham.'110329M-C634
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A FORMER retained firefighter who now lives in Buckingham has said reducing full-time firefighters at the town’s fire station was ‘not in the public interest.’

Mat Ladyman, of Mitre Street, served as a firefighter at Chesham and Amersham fire stations around eight years ago.

He spoke to the Advertiser this week in response to Bucks and Milton Keynes Fire Authority’s Public Safety Plan 2012-2017, which includes proposals to look at the feasibility and risks of reducing full-time firefighter cover at Buckingham station and replacing it with more part-time and on-call cover.

Mr Ladyman, 45, said any reduction in whole-time firefighter cover at Buckingham Fire Station could pose a risk to public safety.

He said: “If fire risk in an area has not reduced - and in fact in Buckingham it is increasing due to urbanisation and an aging population - I would be resistant to any change in manning levels at Buckingham Fire Station.”

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