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Derbyshire: Firefighters and stations face the axe

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Nearly 80 firefighters could be axed and stations closed across Derbyshire as part of cost-cutting plans.

Staveley station which often is called to emergencies in Creswell, Whitwell and surrounding areas is one of 19 stations due to close across the county by 2022.

But Clowne and Bolsover stations have escaped the axe as part of the plans, which would see 78 full-time firefighters lose their jobs.

Bosses at Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS), which must cut its budget by 40 per cent over the next four years, said the changes would make the organisation more efficient.

Sean Frayne, chief fire officer and chief executive at DFRS said: “By ensuring the service has the best available resources, located in the most strategic locations throughout the county, I as chief fire officer for Derbyshire, am satisfied that the service can continue to provide an excellent effective service to our communities.”

The proposals were announced by Derbyshire Fire Authority (DFA), which oversees the running of the service, and will be subject to a public consultation.

Chairman of DFA Coun Roland Hosker said: “It is always difficult to make decisions that are borne out of budget constraints, but as a forward thinking service, Derbyshire is once again leading the way and showing that it is making sound business decisions which will ensure the service is efficient, effective and robust.”

“I would encourage everyone to get involved with the consultation process and let us know their views and comments on the proposals put forward.”

The plans would see a reduction in the number of firefighters but increased use of retained personnel.

As well as the planned station closures, eight new bases would open.

To get involved in the consultation visit www.derbys-fire.gov.uk

 

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