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Campaigners defend Bushey Fire Station services
Campaigners fighting proposals to close Bushey Fire Station have hit back at a senior Hertfordshire Fire official’s claims that there is no longer a real need for its services.
The Bushey Fire Station community action group’s comments come after Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s deputy chief fire officer, John Mills, defended the plans to close the Rudolph Road retained fire station last week.
Campaign group spokesperson Sarah Turnbull said that without the Bushey station, the county’s resources could be "stretched to the limit", especially as there are a growing number of development plans for Watford and the surrounding area.
Mrs Turnbull said the new West Herts Health Campus, the Croxley Rail link and the proposed rail freight depot planned to be built near Radlett could further strain the county’s fire service.
The mother-of-two added that recruitment freezes at the Bushey station has meant that it is understaffed, yet the firefighters remain "committed" to their community.
Mr Mills said he wanted to assure people that the proposal to close the station does not reflect the "professionalism or commitment of the personnel serving at Bushey".
There is currently a 12-week public consultation underway, which started on July 15. This will be considered before any final decisions are made by the county council.
The campaign group plan to hold a public meeting at St James’ Church Hall, in High Street, at 7pm on Tuesday, September 17 to discuss the proposals.
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