More time to have your say on Huntingdon fire service plan

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More time has been made available to raise concerns and questions about changes to frontline fire and rescue services in Huntingdon.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has plans to change the crewing of the rescue vehicle at Huntingdon Fire Station. It started an eight-week consultation about the proposals in September and last week issued a video that aims to answer some of the issues raised by the public.

The consultation period has also been extended to December 20.

The plans would see 10 posts currently assigned to crew the specialist rescue vehicle transfer to a new team which would be used to increase the number of firefighters available at peak times, bolster crews at on-call stations and deliver fire protection and community safety activities.

Two firefighters would continue to crew the vehicle during the day and the rescue vehicle would remain available when needed.

In the service’s video – available on this page – area commander Rick Hylton addresses questions submitted via the consultation.

Mr Hylton said: “We recognise what is proposed will raise a number of queries for people. Therefore we felt shooting a video would be a clear and easily understandable way in which to answer these and we hope people will watch it and understand our plans better.”

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Plans to reduce the use of the rescue vehicle were raised as most of the equipment carried by the specialist vehicle is carried by modern fire engines.

The results of the consultation will be presented to the fire authority in February 2014.

INFORMATION: To take part in the public consultation online, visit