Fire equipment retention call

FEARS that holidaymakers could be endangered by proposals to mothball Skegness-based fire fighting equipment have prompted a local councillor to campaign for it to be retained during the summer.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is looking to save £500,000 a year by reducing the number of hydraulic platforms it had deployed throughout the county from three to two.

Skegness is the favoured location to have its platform removed, leaving just Lincoln and Boston fire stations to serve the county in cases of high-rise building fires.

Coun Colin Davie believes Skegness’s huge seasonal population increase in which many visitors stay in four storey hotels and guest houses is justification for the platform to be housed in the resort during the peak season.

He said: “As a coastal councillor I’m fully aware of the huge population increase in the summer months.

“We should listen to our communities who fear that by removing the platforms there will be an increased danger.”

When Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue first raised the proposal it claimed that advances is fire safety regulations meant that tall residential buildings are easier to escape from making hydraulic platforms less necessary for rescuing trapped occupants.

However Coun Davie believes the equipment is vital not just for rescue operations but for putting out blazes as quickly as possible.

He has proposed that Skegness shares its hydraulic platform with Boston to ensure the resort is adequately protected during the visitor season. His proposal was considered by Lincolnshire county council’s Executive yesterday, Tuesday, after the Standard went to press.