Statement re:changes to number of aerial ladder platforms in Essex
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Bill said:
“As part of the Service transformation and change programme, in November 2016, Essex Fire Authority made the decision to reduce its aerial ladder platforms (ALP) from five to four.
"Current plans are to continue to locate four ALPS at Chelmsford, Colchester, Grays and Southend Fire Stations, as this model provides the best Essex-wide response cover.
"ALPs are a specialised appliance, and this means they attend relatively few calls. They only currently respond when requested by the officer-in-charge, but they do provide an important option for our Officers, particularly to be used as a water tower or as a safe working platform for rescues from height. Our performance data shows that all five ALPs have attended 33 incidents so far in 2017. As the ALP based at Harlow Fire Station averages only one call per month, this ALP will be removed.”