Plan to remove second fire engine in Sudbury ‘ill thought out’

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A campaign group set up to oppose plans to remove Sudbury’s second fire engine and replace it with a rapid response vehicle (RRV) say the plans have been shown to be ‘ill thought out’.

A spokesman for Sudbury and Cornard Against Fire Cuts said: “A comment made by Mr Hardingham at last week’s consultation meeting leads us to believe Suffolk Fire Service thinks a larger RRV is favoured in Sudbury, possibly carrying up to four or five firefighters.

“A standard Fire Engine carries up to six.

“If this is the case, and considering all the work to research, commission and equip this vehicle, the like of which Suffolk hasn’t needed before, is this £35,000, which it was admitted at the meeting is mostly projected to be saved by reducing the number of firefighters, really going to be saved?

“If the RRV - rapidly ridiculous venture - needs almost as many firefighters, where is the saving?

“Once again the idea is shown to be ill thought out.”