Balmossie Fire Station has served the people of Monifieth,Broughty Ferry and surrounding areas since December 1982. At present the station is crewed by a full time crew who respond from the station 24/7 and a part-time crew who respond from their homes 24/7. In August this year, the Chief Fire Officer of Tayside Fire & Rescue, Mr Stephen Hunter, submitted a proposal to the elected members of Tayside Fire Board effectively reducing the number of fire engines stationed at Balmossie Fire Station from two to one. These proposals included the removal of the part-time crew during the day and the removal of the full time crew during the evening. At present if you require the services of Balmossie Fire station you can expect to have a fire engine mobile to your location within 1-2 minutes of fire control receiving your call followed by a second fire engine approximately 5 minutes later. If these proposals go ahead, during the day the second fire engine would have to come from Kingsway East Fire Station or Blackness Road Fire Station. That is assuming that these extremely busy stations are not attending another incident at the time. In the evening, (when most fire deaths occur), the first fire crew would have to be mobilized from their homes delaying the attendance time to an incident by more than 5 minutes and again hope that the second fire engine is not attending another incident. We believe that these savage cost cutting measures are putting the lives of the people served by Balmossie Fire Station at risk and we believe that with the public's help we can ensure that these frightening proposals do not become a reality. If you feel strongly about these proposals then please take the time to sign this petition. REMEMBER YOUR SIGNATURE COULD MAKE THE DIFFERENCE.