Firefighters may be on the move

A fire service will decide whether to relocate firefighters based in Swaffham Bulbeck to a new state-of-the-art fire station planned for Burwell.

The proposal comes as part of a “service improvement project” by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority, which aims to improve services for communities in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

There is currently one fire engine and six firefighters based in Swaffham Bulbeck fire station, which Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service described as being in a “very poor state of repair” and said was “not feasible to bring the station fully up to modern day standards or to provide a proper practical training facility”.

Earlier this month, the Journal revealed plans by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service for a new station in Burwell, twice the size of the current facility in Reach Road, that has been proposed as a new base for fire crews in Burwell and Swaffham Bulbeck.

Chris Strickland, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, said: “The service improvement project will focus on shifting resources from under-utilised areas to those areas which could make a difference to the delivery of operational services.

“This could include improving infrastructure, such as buildings, appliances and equipment and re-aligning operational resources to improve the quality of service delivery.”

He added: “As we’ve been working hard to save money for the past four years, we haven’t been able to concentrate on improving how our services are delivered or our infrastructure, so we now have the opportunity to review everything we do to ensure that our tax payers get the best possible service and value for money from their fire service.”

The proposal will be discussed by the fire authority at a meeting on Monday, February 11, as part of the first set of improvements for the project.