Sidmouth councillor’s fire hydrant call
A SIDMOUTH representative is hopeful fire service bosses will improve Sidmouth’s provision of water hydrants after a major blaze ‘shut’ the town.
A SIDMOUTH representative is hopeful fire service bosses will improve the sea front provision of water hydrants after a major blaze ‘shut’ the town.
County Councillor Stuart Hughes said last Thursday’s Fortfield Hotel inferno could be “a blessing in disguise” if action is taken as a result.
Every route out of the town-centre, bar one, was shut by police as firefighters pumped water for more than a mile from the mouth of the River Sid.
Cllr Hughes said he held positive talks with the fire service about the need for more hydrants near Sidmouth sea front.
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“A town like Sidmouth, with vast amounts of hotels and listed buildings, should have an adequate supply of hydrants without the need to extract water from the river,” he said.
“If a fire happened in the height of summer during a heat-wave or drought, when the river is low, we would have a serious problem. I’ve drawn attention to the risk and what we require.”
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Mr Hughes praised the “brilliant job” of firefighters at the Fortfield.
Police Sergeant Andy Turner apologised for any inconvenience caused by road closures. He added: “Needs must in circumstances like this.”
He said it would have been “impossible” to let traffic near high pressure hoses used to pump water.