Thousands sign petition to keep Corby fire engine

County FBU vice-chairman Gary Mitchell said about 1,000 people had signed an online petition, with up to 4,000 more adding their name to a paper version

County FBU vice-chairman Gary Mitchell said about 1,000 people had signed an online petition, with up to 4,000 more adding their name to a paper version

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Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for the county’s fire and rescue service not to get rid of Corby’s second fire engine.

The petition against plans to replace the engine with a Cobra intervention vehicle, which would mean fewer firefighters at the scene of some blazes, was launched by the Fire Brigades Union.

County FBU vice-chairman Gary Mitchell said about 1,000 people had signed an online petition, with up to 4,000 more adding their name to a paper version.

He added: “Hopefully it will start putting on a bit of political pressure. We are hoping to get 10,000.

“If we can achieve that it will show what the people of Corby think about it.”

However, county councillor Stan Heggs, who has served on the authority’s fire service sub-committee for a number of years, said: “The people of Corby have got nothing to worry about, believe it or believe it not.”

The FBU is urging people to respond to a fire service consultation by completing the survey.