News : Fire Call Centre Switch Facing an Extra Hurdle
Carmarthenshire, Wales, July 30, 2014 -- Llangunnor Community Council has raises further concerns over the planned relocation of Carmarthen's 999 call centre to a centralised one in Bridgend.
A letter has been send to local AMs MPs and the fire service to highlight the level of feeling over the controversial plan.
Bosses at Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service insist their existing level of service can be maintained when the base in Llangunnor closes and operators move to a joint control centre with other emergency services.
However, Llangunnor Community Council has already warned the situation facing Carmarthen and West Wales is serious.
Councillor Robin Griffiths tabled a motion at a meeting of Llangunnor Council last Thursday.
It reads: "Llangunnor Community Council is extremely disappointed that the Fire Service have asked the Ambulance Service to move to Bridgend with them.
"It would be far better, if the services are to join, then it should be based at Llangunnor — a new base which was only built in the last few years.
"The Llangunnor site covers West andMid Wales which is a very large, mainly rural area, and as the three emergency services are all currently housed locally the community council is very concerned that moving to Bridgend will not provide anywhere near the same level of service".
Said at a previous meeting of the council: "This area will be left short and do lives have to be lost before people will listen that taking away the call centre is a backward step."
Councillor Merlin Jones said earlier this summer: "We cannot let Carmarthen, the county town be left without a call centre and see the area suffer a lack of service. "We should fight this all the way."
This letter follows a previous letter send to Mid and West Wales Fire Service urging for a U-turn over the controversial decision.
Carmarthen Town Council has also been echoing the concerns over the call centre move and claims centralising the service will see a loss of local knowledge with call handlers dealing with emergencies from a large area at any one time.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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