Pontypridd shows its support for fire fighters

Member of Parliament for Pontypridd Owen Smith and Assembly Member, Mick Antoniw joined fire fighters on Pontypridd high street on Saturday in support of the campaign to retain two fire engines in Pontypridd.

“The support we are getting from the people of Pontypridd is fantastic.” said Crew Manager, Ryan O’Connor. “People know that once the engine is gone, it’s gone forever. The consultation closes this Friday, so we are urging as many people as possible to get on line and support the Pontypridd retained engine at www.savepontyengine.com”

Mick Antoniw said: “The Fire Cover Review shows that Pontypridd is already the busiest station in RCT. Pontypridd’s population is rapidly expanding and the bulk of new homes being built in RCT over the next eight years will be in Pontypridd, with an 850 home development on the Cwm Coke Works site in Tyn-y-Nant already approved.

Owen Smith said: “We also have 21 000 students on the University of South Wales campus as well as the Coleg y Cymoedd campus in Nantgarw. Many of the students live in the immediate vicinity hundreds of HMOs. These are high risk populations and it’s absolutely crucial that we maintain our current fire fighting capacity in Pontypridd.”