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Residents petition to retain Trowbridge life-saving equipment

January 10, 2021 6:47 PM
Originally published by Trevor Carbin Liberal Democrat

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service is planning to remove the Technical Rescue Units from Trowbridge and Chippenham Fire Stations.

The petition against this is at: https://www.change.org/p/dorset-wiltshire-fire-authority-stop-the-removal-of-vital-rescue-equipment-from-wiltshire-92ff7833-55e3-41ce-b9ae-f417b1ba0192/w?source_location=petition_nav

Commenting on the proposal, a Trowbridge resident says, "Moving them to Dorset and Swindon is unacceptable when we face flooding every year and face other rescues that need the Technical Rescue Unit.

"Moving the units so far away will mean an hour wait from Trowbridge instead of 8 minutes. The purpose of the fire service is to protect life, protect property as well as other tasks, however, by moving the units so far away, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service will be putting lives and property in more danger, with more risks.

"Our local area is prone to flooding, with climate change this will only get worse. Trowbridge is one of the busiest stations within Wiltshire. Getting rid of these units will be devastating to our local communities in which these units serve.

Why move the units so far away? Why move the Technical Rescue Units at all? When the rescues won't just stop happening, which leaves our communities without the vital service needed. Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service will be held responsible for lives lost, injuries made worse and damage caused, all due to delays."