A. Another Day
B Test It Tuesday
Well yes if you read our blog about Test It Tuesday last week you will already know the answer but if you haven't you can read it by clicking this link . We have also told you about Fireplan Fridays and the brilliant work of Watford Red Watch which can be accessed here.
But today is Monday - so we have decided to rename it
"Moan About it Monday"
because we at FCCL are today exceedingly grumpy, due in part to having a day job that today was spent staring at spreadsheets of various complexities; but also due to the news that we have learnt that has annoyed us somewhat. Ok annoyed us A LOT.
As we have said many times before what is posted on the WYFRS incident logs and in other documents and what actually happens in real life are two completely different things. And nothing demonstrates this better than
In early 2013 in complete disregard of the community's wishes and firefighters common sense Keighley lost its second pump because Simon Pilling and Co decided it was no longer deemed necessary.
So Keighley is now a one pump station.
Which to us and many others seems rather strange as Keighley has three distinct areas of Risk
Keighley Central - Very High
Keighley East - High
Keighley West - Very Low
But as you can see from the photo below - the calculation of risk by ward
is not worth the paper it is printed on
We have referenced a nearby road Nashville Terrace for ease of viewing with a bold red line
So you can make up your own mind about the difference between very high and very low risk areas within Keighley. Ward, FIRE is no respecter of boundaries. Statistics can prove and disprove a thousand things but pictures like those above are sometimes much better than words!
But just to put it in perspective lets look at some figures too
( the ones WYFRS dont want you, or more likely would have preferred FCCL NOT to see)
Here are some figures we came across which start from Feb
Total incidents on Keighley's station ground 145 of which
Keighley ( pump 4601) attended 138
Bingley have turned out 78 times in that same period of
which 35 have been in their own area BUT 34 have been in
to Keighley station area
Bingley have also turned out 7 times to Shipley station
ground (which of course is closing completely)
Bingley have also turned out twice in other areas so if we
add these out of area incidents that Bingley are doing to the
time they are spending in Keighley fitting smoke alarms (we
assume to try and get the very high risk areas reduced ) and
the time they are off the run water rescue training......... it
TWO BIG QUESTIONS
How often do the public of Bingley have a fire engine
actually available in Bingley?
If Keighley is obviously under resourced, why remove
the 2nd Pump ?
I am no fire expert, (but i have friends who are)
but from even my limited experience
what happens if there is a job that requires 3 pumps or
more in Keighley? Would for example control ask for a
pump to be released from the incident because they are
short of cover in the Aire Valley - which means to even my
common sense WYFRS should swallow their pride
(even if it means an acceptable period of choking)
AND ADMIT THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE REMOVED
THE SECOND PUMP FROM KEIGHLEY
"Is this the progress they had hoped for?"