Join our fight against fire service cuts in Lowestoft and Wrentham
- Credit: Nick Butcher
It was a week in which the public came out in their droves to demonstrate their opposition - and which showed the pressure our brilliant firefighters are under.
So today, The Journal is launching a vital campaign to preserve our area's much-needed fire stations.
Suffolk County Council has proposed closing Wrentham fire station and removing an on-call fire engine from Lowestoft South, reducing the town's number of fire engines from four to three.
Chief fire officer Mark Hardingham, who has been told he must save £1.3million from the service's £22million budget by 2017, believes that leaves the area with adequate fire cover.
But residents at two public meetings in the last week strongly disagreed, with many arguing: 'Cuts cost lives.'
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And the Fire Brigades Union said a major warehouse blaze this week, along with two fires in quick succession on Saturday, demonstrated how important proper fire cover is.
Journal editor Andrew Papworth said: 'The loss of fire stations is a step too far, and that's why The Journal's SOS – Save Our Stations - starts today.
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- 3 CCTV shows moment father who died was restrained by Pontins security staff
- 4 Man admits crashing into five cars and a level crossing
- 5 Road to be closed and traffic diverted for overnight works
- 6 Village rounds on council over 'disgraceful' road resurfacing that covered cycle lanes and blocked drains
- 7 'New lease of life' - Pubs ready after £35,000 investment
- 8 'Dangerous' neck restraint led to death of Pontins guest, inquest finds
- 9 'The buzz is great' - Market stall owners take reins at town pub
- 10 Police officers could lose jobs over father's holiday park death
'Join our fight.'
See special report in today's Journal.