Have your say on fire service at latest public meetings

Public feedback meetings to help decide the future of fire cover in Glossop are taking place over the next four days.

Tomorrow (Friday), a Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service team will be in Norfolk Square in Glossop to answer questions on the three proposed options to change the way Glossop and Matlock stations are staffed.

There from 9am to 1.30pm, they could  talk about the ongoing public consultation and the need to cut operating costs by £1.6m, around  £600,000 a year of it said to be by changes to Glossop and Matlock.

A 10 week consultation into what the Fire Brigades Union says would see Glossop’s night-time fire cover provided by retained (part-time firefighters), ends on February 16.

The service has reviewed the duty systems operated by firefighters at Glossop and Matlock, as one way of contributing to the savings required.

On Monday there will be a public meeting at 7.30pm in Glossop Labour Club which will urge people to reject all three options.

Fire Brigade Union officers believe the options will all remove the requirement to keep the firefighters’ homes – allegedly worth more than £2m and that this is the over-powering reason for the cost-cutting proposals.

Union bosses say the proposals are ‘unwarranted, impractical and will put the current service at risk.’

It’s expected supporters will say the need for full-time staff covering night shifts should be self-evident, alleging a difficulty in recruiting ‘on-call’ firefighters.

The meeting will be hosted by High Peak Community Unite Group.

Full details of the consultation, supporting information and the three options for consideration are available by visiting www.derbys-fire.gov.uk where you can also ‘Have Your Say’ by clicking on the available link.

Chief Fire Officer Terry McDermott, urging people to visit the stand on Norfolk Square, said none of the options will result in redundancies.

He said: “Our communities’ opinions on these proposals matter to us, and will be fed into the final decision making process.

“I’d therefore encourage everyone to have their say, especially people living and working in and around Glossop either by taking the time to visit our public engagement event, or getting involved online.”

The Fire Brigades Union also want a big turn-out on Monday night.

They believe Glossopdale people don’t want changes and they want them to spell it out to DFRS before it is to late.

• The service has launched a county-wide recruitment campaign for full-time firefighters, details on www.derbys-fire.gov.uk.