The proposals for Midhurst include the removal of the second fire engine, mitigated by a possible increase in the use of a four-wheel drive vehicle. This is set against a background of declining use and the authority say that the change would save money. The downside would be that there would be an increase in the time taken for a second appliance to attend incidents in our area of about 10 minutes, as any second appliance would usually have to come from Petworth. The detailed calculations in the proposal document for Midhurst Station also show that against the savings there would be increased costs "in terms of life and property damage."
As these proposals affects the safety of local residents, it is suggested that you read the proposals in full and comment on them, if you feel moved to do so, before the deadline of 23rd August. For further details and documents relating to this article you can visit the Council's web page on the subject here, where you will find amongst other items an interesting profile of Midhurst Fire Station and instructions on how to have your say.