South West Wales

Porth fire station to close following review

Porth fire station protest
Image caption Crews from Porth fire station and supporters expressed disappointment about the decision

A fire station in Porth in the south Wales valleys is to close following a review of the brigade.

Members of South Wales Fire Authority voted 17-3 in favour of closing the station at a meeting on Monday.

They said the decision was about keeping the right level of cover in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Firefighters from Porth, who were at the meeting, said they were disappointed with the decision to close the station.

Crew manager Gerwyn James from Porth fire station said his colleagues had concerns about how the closure would impact fire provision in the area.

"Not only are we crew members at Porth but we are also residents so it is one of our concerns with regard to safety," he said.

"It's a sad day, there has been a Porth fire station for a long, long period of time and there will be a lot of disappointment in the area today."

But Huw Jakeway, chief fire officer for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said the decision was taken after considering any potential risks involved.

Pontypridd AM Mick Antoniw said he believed the right decision had been made because it provided the best outcomes for reducing risk, increasing flexibility for the future and controlling costs.

The Fire Brigades Union said it would support those affected.

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