THE FIRE BRIGADES UNION
Saturday 17th January 2009
Fire Brigades Union Public Meeting on
Proposed Closure of Parkhead Fire Station
The Fire Brigades Union is holding a PUBLIC MEETING at the FULLERTON PARK HOTEL, Tollcross Rd, Glasgow on Monday 19th January 2009 at 1830hrs.
The meeting has been arranged in order for the Union to outline its opposition to the proposals by Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Service management to close Parkhead Fire Station.
Members of the Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Service Board, as well as MPs, MSPs, Councillors, Community Councils & Residents in the Communities covered by Parkhead & Cambuslang Fire Stations, have all been invited to the meeting.
The Public Consultation on the proposals ends on the 24th January 2009. The matter will then be discussed and decided upon by the Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Board on 13th February 2009.
John McFadden, Brigade Treasurer & Campaign Coordinator for the Strathclyde Fire Brigades Union said “There is overwhelming evidence that shows that Parkhead Fire Station must be retained. It is the busiest single appliance Fire Station in Scotland and covers some of the poorest & most needy Communities in the UK.
“The Communities continue to record some of the highest fatality & casualty rates in Scotland. It is clear that those Communities need their Fire Station.
“The proposed closure of the station defies all logic. To remove the station and serve these Communities from a Fire Station further away, will only serve to INCREASE RESPONSE TIMES and INCREASE FATALITY & CASUALTY RATES.
“We hope that the members of the Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Service Board will recognise this, reject management’s proposals and concentrate on refurbishing Parkhead Fire Station for the 21st Century.
For Further Information Contact:
John McFadden Strathclyde Brigade Treasurer Mobile: 07801-047-612
Alex Miller Strathclyde Brigade Secretary Mobile: 07890-630-988
NOTE FOR EDITORS
Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Service managers state that the new proposed Fire Station in Cambuslang will be able to attend incident to Communities currently served by Parkhead Fire Station in 8 minutes.
The average Response Time currently achieved by appliances from Parkhead Fire Station is 3 minutes 34 seconds.
The Communities covered by Parkhead Fire Station are growing. Over the coming 5 years, it is projected that there will be:
- 10,000 New Homes;
- 25,000 New Residents;
- Over 400,000 square feet of Commercial Property;
- A Multitude of Leisure & Community Facilities, due to the Commonwealth Games; and
- The Extension of the M74 Motorway.
Current Special Life Risks include such premises as:
- Celtic Park Football Stadium;
- Barlinnie Prison;
- 3 Hospitals;
- 11 Care Homes;
- 11 Multi-Storey Flats;
- 1 Major Bus Depot;
- 15 Primary Schools;
- 4 Secondary Schools; &
- 13 Nursery Schools.