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Have your say on plans for smaller fire engines in Cumbria

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Time is running out for the public to have their say on plans that could see fire engines replaced with smaller vehicles at four stations in Cumbria.

Put forward by Carlisle County Council, the proposal says changes would enable Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service to make better use of resources.

The fire and rescue service says the plans they are submitting will make changes to the way the service operates over the next four years.

A number of ideas are listed in the proposal including :

  • Reducing the number of fire stations in areas of relatively low risk.
  • Increasing their apprenticeship programmes.
  • Reviewing building fire safety safety regulations following the Grenfell Tower investigation.
  • Working more closely with other emergency services including the health and voluntary sectors.

The full list of proposals can be found on the Council's website.

"The service is constantly reviewing the level of risk in the county and how we can make most effective use of the resources we have.

"Central to the delivery of the IRMP is the recognition that if we are to be successful, we must work with a wide range of partners across Cumbria. We must put prevention at the heart of everything we do, and consider wider risks to allow us to protect some of the most vulnerable in our society.

"In working in partnership with other blue light colleagues, and considering the best response to certain types of incidents, the IRMP also considers changes that can be made to enhance the service to the people of Cumbria.

"These new proposals are intended to put us in the best possible position to respond to incidents and keep people safe."

– Cumbria's Chief Fire Officer, Steve Healey.

A public consultation ends on Friday. Feedback can be submitted to