‘Convinced as ever’ closures are dangerous

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THE fight against reducing fire cover in and around Rugby will continue, according to campaigners.

Despite the closure of Brinklow Fire Station on Wednesday morning last week after a long battle to save it, firefighters are determined to not give up.

The closure of Brinklow, along with other planned closures in Warwick and Studley later in the year, will leave Rugby and surrounding areas with a dangerous lack of cover, opponents claim.

Rugby firefighter Steve Roberts, chairman of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), said: “We are as convinced as ever. We will try and do what we can before they close Warwick and Studley.

“We are trying to collect data but it’s not easy.”

Following the announcement of the closure plans by Warwickshire County Council (WCC) last year, Brinklow and Rugby firefighters launched a campaign to try and stop it.

Despite their best efforts the council decided in July last year that Brinklow would definitely close, along with Warwick and Studley.

Fire bosses said the move was part of an improvement plan to make the service ‘fitter and stronger’.

Following the closure last week to which more than 100 villagers attended, Mr Roberts said: “We tried to turn it into a celebration rather than a closure.

“In the end only two people took redundancy and others take been moved onto whole time at other stations in Rugby, Nuneaton and Leamington.

“Everyone was sad to leave Brinklow. We still think it provided a valuable service.”

He added: “On behalf of all the firefighters at Brinklow, we’re very disappointed about the closure.

“We still feel this will put people’s lives in danger because it will take longer to respond to emergency calls.”

Brinklow Fire Station has been in operation for more than 60 years. It has not yet been decided what will happen to the building.