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Meeting to discuss fire stations' future

A PUBLIC meeting to discuss proposals to revamp the fire services’s fire station network is to take place at the Methodist Church Hall in Station Road, Balsall Common on January 6, beginning at 7pm.

A PUBLIC meeting to discuss proposals to revamp the fire services’s fire station network is to take place at the Methodist Church Hall in Station Road, Balsall Common on January 6, beginning at 7pm.

Under the plans, first revealed in the Solihull Times two months ago, eight new stations are planned in what the brigade refers to as “strategic locations” with ten existing ones earmarked for closure.

Although no sites have been identified, new stations are proposed to serve the Hall Green, Chelmsley Wood and Canley areas. Crews from Canley station, in Coventry, often deal with incidents in Balsall Common.

The existing Hay Mills, Sheldon, Billesley and Canley stations would be among those to close.

West Midlands Fire Service spokesman Mike Fox said: “The number of frontline engines will remain the same. We believe these changes will lead to improved overall response times.”

Public consultation over the proposals began in October and is due to end on Wednesday, January 7, the day after the meeting in Balsall Common.

More information is available by visiting www.wmfs.net, or e-mail consultation@wmfs.net, or call 0121 380 6116, fax 0121 380 7007 or write to the WMFS HQ, Vauxhall Road, Nechells, Birmingham B7 4HW. Please mark your envelope “Annual Service Plan – Consultation Issues.”

l Neighbours raised the alarm when fire broke out at a fifth-floor flat in Westfield House, off Arran Way, Smith’s Wood – and probably saved a resident’s life.

Firecrews from Sheldon, Bickenhill and Ward End were alerted at 2.35am on Sunday (December 21) and they rescued a 22-year-old man. A pan on an electric cooker overheated.

l Two dogs were rescued by firefighters when an electrical short-circuit caused a fire in a storage heater in a 13th-floor flat in north Solihull early on Christmas Day.

There was no-one in the Bangor House apartment, off Forth Drive, Bacon’s End, near Chelmsley Wood.

 

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