Reassurance over response times.(News)

Anyone in the West Midlands who dials 999 for a fire engine will still get the first fire engine within an average of five minutes and the second within an average of seven minutes--despite claims that proposals to modernise the Fire Service will reduce response times, said a brigade spokesperson.

Proposals in the IRMP to take 15 fire engines off duty overnight, across the region, will not affect the time it takes to respond to emergency calls, said CFO Frank Sheehan. The proposals are open to public consultation until February 1.

CFO Sheehan said that allegations that the proposals will put people's lives at risk "are scaremongering and totally untrue." He said that having served in the West Midlands for almost 30 years, he would never propose ideas that would knowingly put lives in danger. …

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