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Join our fight against fire service cuts in Lowestoft and Wrentham

PUBLISHED: 07:11 05 February 2016 | UPDATED: 07:11 05 February 2016

Firefighters at the scene of a fire at Lowestoft Touring Caravans on South Lowestoft Industrial Estate. 

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Firefighters at the scene of a fire at Lowestoft Touring Caravans on South Lowestoft Industrial Estate. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

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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.”

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.

“Join our fight.”

See special report in today’s Journal.


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