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Hertsmere MP James Clappison backs Save Bushey Fire Station campaign
Hertsmere’s Member of Parliament is backing the campaign to save Bushey Fire Station.
James Clappison said he believes the Rudolph Road station still has a place in the community and that there are still a lot of questions that need to be answered as to how it can be used more effectively.
The conservative MP said: "I’m in favour of keeping fire stations open because they all add to Hertfordshire’s capabilities of preventing fires.
"If you lose a fire station you’re losing a part of the fire fighting potential in the area and I think it’s important to question how you can make better use of a station."
His comments come after Hertfordshire County Council launched a consultation into the closer of the retained fire station.
Proposals have been put forward to the council to close the fire station, after it emerged firefighters from the station only attended 11 emergency calls from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013.
However, Mr Clappison maintains that there is still a place for Bushey Fire Station in the community.
He said: "Bushey Fire Station is important in lending support to other fire stations and they add to the swift response times, supporting fire stations in other areas.
"I think the local authority should be consulting on how the Bushey service could be improved and how they could make better use of it."
According to documents submitted to the council, the relocation of the Watford Community Fire Station in November 2009 means it is more able to deal with incidents that are in close proximity to Bushey Fire Station.
Campaigners from the Save Bushey Fire Station Community Action Group say it is an integral part of the community, which adds to the identity and safety of the area.
However, senior Hertfordshire Fire Service official, deputy chief fire officer, John Mills, has defended the plans, saying: "People see a fire station at the end of their road and they think they are safe because those firefighters are on call all the time, and that’s simply not the case."
A 12-week public consultation period, which started on July 15, is currently underway and this will be considered before any final decisions are made by the county council.
Mr Clappison added: "There are lots of questions that need to be answered and I all possibilities need to be explored."
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