Welshpool Fire Station
Welshpool has a population of 16,459; it is an area centre which has good road and rail communications with the rest of Mid-Wales, the West Midlands and the North West. The main risk for Welshpool and its surrounding communities are the various road networks in the area; in particular the A458 (T), A483 (T), A490 and several B class and unclassified roads. The River Severn and several tributaries run through the town and during the autumn/winter this is a cause for concern in relation to flooding incidents.
Priority for 2014-2015
• Reduce the incidents of Road Traffic Collisions and Special Service Type Calls (eg Rescues, Flooding etc.)
The number of road traffic collisions in the Welshpool area has seen a slight decrease during 2013. We will continue to develop effective partnership working arrangements with Powys Road Safety team, Motorcycle Action group, Go safe and Dyfed Powys Police. This work will focus on young drivers aged between 16 and 24, drivers aged 70+ and Motorcyclists, in line with Welsh Government Road Safety delivery plans. Additional road safety advice and guidance is available via www.mawwfire.gov.uk
The service has also seen a slight increase in Special Service Call activity; the command will strengthen links with the Community Safety Partnership, Natural Resources Wales and Dyfed Powys Police in order to further develop partnership links with the aim of providing greater resilience and a more effective response.