05 February 2015

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service is proposing new staffing arrangements to enhance fire cover in Corby.

The fire service is proposing to replace one of the two whole-time crews at Corby fire station with a Cobra Intervention Vehicle, manned by two firefighters and utilising the latest firefighting technology.

Retained crew

Following a period of public consultation, the brigade is now looking to provide additional fire cover for the town and surrounding area by introducing a new retained crew in addition to the Cobra Intervention Vehicle.

The new proposals will be discussed by county councillors at Cabinet next week (Tuesday 10 February).

Cllr André González de Savage, county council cabinet member for strategic infrastructure, economic growth and public protection, said: “We recognise that there is a need to provide enhanced fire cover in the growing town of Corby and the surrounding area.

“This new model will enable us to increase capacity and staffing levels in the area while making good use of the fantastic new technology at our disposal and achieving financial savings for the brigade.

“This also demonstrates that we have listened to the people of Corby and taken their views on board as we seek to create a fire service that is ready to deal with the volume and type of emergency calls facing the brigade today and in the future.”

The new model being proposed would increase the number of firefighters available to respond to a call from 12 to 21.

Additional resource

Corby fire station would retain both its traditional fire appliance and its aerial ladder pump for the whole-time and retained crews, with the Cobra Intervention Vehicle providing an additional resource.

The Cobra technology allows 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.