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Assembly to debate proposed cuts to Fire Service Cover

10 December, 2006

Sinn Féin North Antrim MLA Philip McGuigan will lead a key debate on the future provision of fire service cover in the Assembly tomorrow, Monday 11th December.

Speaking ahead of the debate Mr McGuigan said:

"There is real concern that proposals to cut fire service cover at 12 sites across the North will mean that areas will be left vulnerable and lives will be put at risk.

"The bottom line is that no matter where people live they have a right to equal access to essential services. This means that present standards should be maintained and that the safety of our citizens must be paramount over any other consideration.

"There are also very serious concerns that these proposed cuts will also put the lives of firemen and women in danger." ENDS

Note to Editors

Motion - Fire and Rescue Service Draft Integrated Risk Management Plan

Proposed: That this Assembly notes the 'Draft Integrated Risk Management Plan consultation document 2007/08' prepared by the Fire and Rescue Service and calls for any conclusions and recommendations to ensure that present standards are maintained and that the safety of our citizens is paramount
over any other consideration.

[Mr P McGuigan]

The following stations have been earmarked for a 50% reduction in fire cover
(a reduction in one fire engine): Ballycastle, Ballyclare, Ballymoney,
Castlederg, Clogher, Holywood, Kilkeel, Lisnaskea, Maghera, Newtownhamilton,
Portstewart and Rathfriland.

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