Herm fears for future of its fire service with review of retained staff

LOSING Herm’s retained firemen would increase the response time to a major incident, the island’s director has said.

Herm's firefighters on a training exercise.
Herm's firefighters on a training exercise. (3731003)

LOSING Herm’s retained firemen would increase the response time to a major incident, the island’s director has said.

Jonathan Watson was speaking after the Fire and Rescue Service announced it was reviewing whether its retained firefighters were needed, as part of a wider cost-cutting plan.

‘We sincerely hope that Herm doesn’t lose our retained fire service. Although response times in Guernsey are very good, three miles of water to cross to Herm is going to make all the difference.’

He said that was especially if the incident occurred in the early hours of the morning.

‘We are wholly hopeful that we won’t lose our retained fire team and that we will continue to work with the Guernsey Fire & Rescue Service,’ he added.

Comments for: "Herm fears for future of its fire service with review of retained staff"

Mark

I would urge the Fire and Rescue service not to remove the retained service completely, and indeed retain the retained service in Herm.

I believe this will be the case too, as I simply don't think our F&R service will not recognise the islands special need to have them, after considering the risk to the island community.

Pierre

as all ways Mr Watson has his finger on the pulse of what is happening on herm and it would be a crying shame not to Listen to his warning

markB

Great picture that.. Either the beach is on fire or they have decided to spray their mates on the slipway.

Local Resident

Its a training exercise Mark B, thats the whole point there is no fire - they are training in the event there might be one - or a major incident that they may have to attend.

What If the weather is bad and the boat cannot get across?

As everyone knows - every second counts and you can't tell me that response time will be the same to Torteval as to Herm across 3 miles of water!

If fire breaks out I would be seriously concerned for the welfare of the residents if they get rid of this fire team. I hope they consider Herm to be a separate subject all together and use their noddles on this one.