What price the safety of our city?
THE words must have stuck in his throat.
As money saving proposals were revealed for our fire brigade, Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell said they were trying "to strike a balance between making savings and maintaining public safety".
Don't forget this is a man who, like all his colleagues, have dedicated (and often risked) their lives to keep the people of this city safe.
Retained firefighters – courageous part-timers who have to dash from their jobs or homes when plea for help comes in – may soon be the only firefighters manning at least two of our fire stations; Plymstock and Plympton. Camels Head and Crownhill also look set to suffer cuts.
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It is inevitable that response times will suffer. And when it comes to fire, speed is everything.
Nobody knows that better than a senior fire officer like Mr Howell. In truth it is shocking that he has to balance public safety against anything, least of all money.