Have your say on plans to change staff cover at Wilmslow Fire Station


Cheshire residents are being invited to share their views on Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service's plans for the future which include changing the crewing system at Wilmslow to provide 24/7 cover.

The Service has launched a draft version of its Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) for 2020-2024. This action plan sets out how Cheshire Fire Authority intends to address some of the challenges it will face over the next four years.

Cllr Bob Rudd, the Chair of the Fire Authority, said: "It is important that residents do get involved with this consultation and share their views. Their feedback really helps us to shape the future of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service."

This consultation will aim to get people's views on a range of proposals, which include:

  • Returning a second fire engine to Chester
  • Replacing one of our aerial appliances and a fire engine with a modern firefighting vehicle that does the job of both
  • Changing the crewing system at Wilmslow to provide guaranteed, 24/7 cover.
  • Unrolling a fleet of 13 rapid rescue response units (RRRUs) to support our on-call capability
  • Expanding our Safe and Well visits to include single adult and lone parent households
  • Reviewing our risk-based inspection programme to ensure that fire safety regulations are complied with and are prioritised on the premises that pose the greatest risk to life.

Mark Cashin, Chief Fire Officer for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, explained: "We maintain a strong focus on both the safety of our communities and our firefighters. I would really like people to get involved with this consultation and share their thoughts about the direction we are planning to take as a Service.

"They can do that either online or by visiting one of our roadshows which are being held across the county in January, February and March."

If you would like to have your say you can do so by visiting www.cheshirefire.gov.uk where the full draft plan can also be viewed.

Alternatively, you can visit one of the roadshow at Wilmslow Sainsburys from 11am to 1pm on Monday 20 January where you can talk to staff about the full range of proposals.

Wilmslow Fire Station


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Richard Burgess
Wednesday 8th January 2020 at 3:03 pm
It’s a no brainier that this fire station should be maned 24/7,
If you have a fire you don’t want to wait for a unit to come from another station while you on fire time is of the essence .
Margaret Wrigley
Wednesday 8th January 2020 at 6:25 pm
Because our 3 children, their families and all our 7 grandchildren live in Wilmslow and we live nearby too we are interested in highly recommending the idea of 24/7 coverage by a local Wilmslow full time fire station. This is not only so they can rapidly attend to fires and provide lots of local education programmes on fire prevention but also they can be on the spot for the other very critical work of firefighters which is helping quickly rescue the victims of the numerous road accidents on the extremely busy dense fast-moving road network surrounding Wilmslow. For both road traffic accidents and fires, very rapid response is of course essential in saving lives. Please try to implement this idea of fully staffed 24/7 local station.
Julie Green
Friday 10th January 2020 at 11:12 am
With all the extra houses being built in Wilmslow / Handforth, and close proximity of fire station to the ever expanding airport, of course they should be staffed round the clock!
Jon Williams
Friday 10th January 2020 at 2:03 pm
"Unrolling a fleet of 13 rapid rescue response units (RRRUs) to support our on-call capability"

Rapid response vehicle
A Range Rover with formidable four wheel drive capability, its primary role is rapid response to RTCs. It carries a maximum of three personnel together with lightweight cutting equipment and rapid intervention first aid equipment for dealing with trauma and critical care on the roadside.

13 Range Rovers ? -- Saving money ??
Pete Taylor
Friday 10th January 2020 at 9:23 pm
@ Jon Williams: Ford Transit vans are available with off-road suspension and four-wheel drive... oh; I was forgetting, this is Cheshire.