Decision made to remove second Oakham fire engine

Oakham Fire Station. File picture.'Photo: MSMP130114-012ow ENGEMN00120140113161245
Oakham Fire Station. File picture.'Photo: MSMP130114-012ow ENGEMN00120140113161245

The on-call retained fire engine based in Oakham is to be scrapped.

The governing body of Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service decided to axe the 10 retained fire crew who man the second fire engine at the station at a meeting yesterday (Wednesday).

A recommendation to reduce the number of firefighters on the remaining appliance to four from five was rejected.

The outcome is part of an integrated risk management plan which lays out how the service will operate for the next five years and plug a £7.5m funding gap.

The fire authority deferred a decision on the future of Oakham’s fire engines at a meeting on February 11 to allow Rutland County Council a chance to discuss funding opportunities. The council had agreed to offer £75,000 for the next two years to preserve frontline services as part of its council tax consultation for 2015/16.

But yesterday the fire authority instead agreed to explore the possibility of using the £150,000 to fund a rapid response vehicle in the Rutland area. The vehicle would still carry ladders and fire fighting equipment and would have a crew of two.

The fire authority will present its plans to the council in June or July. Councillors will then have to decide whether it meets the terms of the original offer of funding.