Statement by Susan Elan Jones MP on today’s meeting of the North Wales Fire and Rescue Authority (Mon 18 June)

I welcome the decision today by North Wales Fire and Rescue Authority not to get rid of Wrexham area’s second fire appliance for the present time. As the MP who represents the large constituency of Clwyd South that includes many towns and villages to the South of Wrexham County Borough, I see today’s outcome as a positive one.

“Over the last eighteen months, I have worked with members of the community as well as local representatives of the Fire Brigade Union on this most vital of safety issues.

“Here is what I said in my response to the consultation in December 2016:

“Today our Chief Fire Officer made it quite clear that for our area to lose its second fire appliance would be to increase the risk to the public; and I’m pleased the Authority took notice.

“However it’s not over yet. As the Authority consults further, I want to repeat what I’ve said before – if the Authority ever gets rid of Wrexham area’s second appliance, people will die. Difficult choices have to be made because of UK Government cuts but I implore the local decision makers, what was true 18 months ago and is true today will be just as true into the future. We cannot take risks with people’s safety.”

Susan Elan Jones MP

18th June 2018