Rory Stewart MP said:

“Lazonby’s fire station plays an unbelievably important role in protecting our community; responding to a wide number of emergency situations – whether in homes, or on the roads – and they cover a huge area with already limited resources. The present Fire and Rescue resource is a full time crew and a retained crew in Penrith and retained crews at Lazonby, Appleby, Glenridding and Alston, who together cover the major routes of M6, A6, A66 and A686, as well as many farms, business premises and residential properties. The loss of any one of these crews would heavily impact on the ability of the others to respond to incidents, and I believe that there is a compelling case to make savings elsewhere. I would caution against removing any appliance until alternatives have been thoroughly investigated, and am delighted to support this campaign to save a vital resource.”

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