Controversial plans to replace some North Yorkshire fire engines with ‘tactical response vehicles’ – crewed by only two or three firefighters – are being recommended for approval next week.
Members of the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority are being urged to replace whole time crewed standard appliances with TRVs at stations including Tadcaster, Malton and Ripon.
The results of a public consultation survey, presented to members, reveals widespread hostility to the planned changes among the 1,125 responses, with more than three quarters of respondents against or strongly against.
One person wrote: “The proposal would greatly reduce the capability of crews attending a serious life-threatening road traffic collision or fire, resulting in an increase of risk to firefighters and the public.”
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