New pumps will increase fire fighting capacity in Cambridgeshire

Two new appliances will add to fire cover in Cambridgeshire . Photo: Denise Bradley

Two new appliances will add to fire cover in Cambridgeshire . Photo: Denise Bradley - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Rural areas of Cambridgeshire will be covered by two extra fire engines to cut the time it takes for a crew to reach emergencies during the day.

The move has been made amid a growing problem of recruiting on-call fire fighters who live and work locally.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service says it has 'reallocated resources' to provide the extra cover.

Chris Strickland, chief fire officer, said: '?We have a greater demand on our services in daytime hours when we have the least fire engines available.

'We are a largely rural county and therefore only seven of our 27 operational fire stations have a full time crew in the day.'


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Mr Strickland added the availability of fire engines at on-call stations had decreased over the last five years, despite recruitment drives.

The two new appliances will not work out of a fixed fire station, but instead be sent to different areas? depending on need.

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