Today was the day Bewdley Fire Station was scheduled to close for ever.
Due to the floods and the emergencies going on, it remains open, with the Fire & Rescue Service bosses now seemingly unable to say when it will close.
Save Bewdley Fire Station spokesman and Wyre Forest Labour Press Officer, Stephen Brown, said
“What we are seeing now is proof of the folly in closing Bewdley Fire Station, and as it happens, Stourport too. These kind of events will only get more frequent, climate change is not going to go away. We have the ludicrous situation of the Fire & Rescue Service’s own most recent risk assessment from 2019 having Bewdley as open and operational until the next review at the end of 2020. Yet they decided anyway to close it anyway despite our calls to keep it open.
Today, we have been proven right. The Fire Service Authority and its management is not fit for purpose. And Tory cuts need to stop now. We need investment in these services. Local people expect and deserve better and understand the value of our amazing emergency services and the job they do. So, I want to thank our emergency service personnel for their superb efforts over the last few days and ongoing.
We need to keep them and give them the proper tools to do the job. I also hope that those in charge, and the Tory Govt, are going to have some proper explanations for people going forward. People’s homes and businesses who’ve been flooded need more than platitudes and empty promises from those in charge. My sympathies are with those affected. Labour would have started to put right the years of cuts and underfunding, that is still our aim when returned to power.”