PARAMEDICS and ambulance personnel are now operating out of a fire station after their base was closed due to their ‘poor condition’.
The East of England Ambulance Service’s Frinton head office at Pole Barn Lane has officially closed after concerns were raised about the condition of the station.
The site had begun to suffer from a series of shortcomings that were apparently beginning to impact the overall work experience for employees.
Joining forces with another emergency service, the trust’s seaside lifeguards have now been moved to nearby Frinton Fire Station.
Despite the move, East of England Ambulance Service bosses are confident their staff will be able to operate as efficiently as before.
A spokesperson said: ‘Our Frinton station is in poor condition and does not provide the standard working environment our staff expect and deserve.
“As such, we have made the decision to collocate this March Response Station with the fire station which is approximately 110 meters away.
“It provides our staff with better facilities, which improves their well-being and better supports the service we provide to our patients.
“The move will not affect the service we are able to provide to patients as the same number of staff and vehicles will continue to operate from the city.”
Some locals, however, are unhappy with the station’s quiet closure.
Laura Smith-Gillard, 93, who lives on the same street as the two stations, said: ‘Unless I missed the announcement, Pole Barn Lane Ambulance Station, Frinton is now permanently closed.
“I guess that means people in Walton, Frinton, Kirby Cross, Kirby-le-Soken and surrounding areas will be waiting even longer for an ambulance if they need one.
“As far as I know, the nearest station would be at Weeley.
“It’s fine unless you have a serious accident, heart attack or stroke when early intervention is needed.
“What are the new arrangements for this area, if any? »