12 December 2014

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service is reassuring people in Corby that proposals relating to the town’s fire station will not impact on its day-to-day fire cover.

A consultation is currently underway on the brigade’s draft Community Protection Plan, which sets out how it intends to improve the service in the coming years.

The plan includes a proposal to replace one of the two traditional fire appliances based at Corby station with a cutting-edge Cobra Intervention Vehicle.

What is Cobra?

Cobra features the latest technology to enable firefighters to tackle a blaze without having to enter the building or the area where the fire is located by using water to cut through brick walls, concrete or steel.

Cllr André González de Savage, county council cabinet member for strategic infrastructure, economic growth and public protection, says the plan will continue to deliver a robust level of fire cover in the town.

He said: “We are currently consulting on our draft Community Protection Plan, which includes a proposal to introduce a Cobra vehicle in Corby to enhance the flexibility of the response in the north of the county.

“I am concerned that there is a misconception that this plan will result in a reduction in the level of day-to-day fire cover people in Corby can expect, and this is not the case. It would maintain the ‘two appliance’ capability currently available in the town, while making use of this new technology to improve the way Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service can respond to some incidents.

“Not only is the Cobra technology more environmentally-friendly as it uses less water, it is also safer for our firefighters because it enables them to respond to some incidents without having to enter the building where the fire is burning.”

Cobra Intervention Vehicles can be crewed by two firefighters, while traditional fire engines require at least four people, therefore resulting in a financial saving for the fire service.

How to give your comments

The consultation continues until January 12 and full details can be found at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/consultations.