Campaigners against fire cuts invited to Porthcawl protest
PROTESTERS will hold a demonstration against the proposed closures of two fire stations in Bridgend county tomorrow.
On Sunday, September 1, a demonstration will be held outside Porthcawl Fire Station, from 4pm.
Also in danger of closure is Kenfig Hill fire station, under the Chief Fire Officer's efficiency plan. Both would be replaced by a new station in South Cornelly, but critics are worried about the time it would take to reach emergencies, and the workload for crews.
AM for South Wales West, Peter Black, has written to South Wales Fire and Rescue opposing the proposal.
Mr Black said: "I am wholly opposed to this move on grounds of increased risk to both residents and visitors in Porthcawl.
"South Wales Fire Service says that the new station will be able to provide an average response time of seven minutes to an emergency in Porthcawl. I find this difficult to accept, given that this is a retained fire station. At certain times of the year firefighters will have to travel to the station, and then get from the station to the emergency.
"That is why I am opposing this closure."