Public consultation event in Glossop over fire station proposals
Sunday 7th January 2018 @ 07:30 by Adam Higgins
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A public consultation event will be held in Glossop town centre later this month over controversial proposals to reduce staffing levels at the town’s fire station.

Representatives from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS) will be at a pop-up station on Norfolk Square on Friday, January 26, between 9am and 1:30pm to answer any questions that local residents may have about the plans.

The authority launched a 10-week consultation last month which contains three proposed options to change firefighter duty systems at the Whitfield Park station, off Charlestown Road, as part of a cash-saving operation.

It’s part of its Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) to save £1.6 million by 2019/20, with a review into duty systems at Glossop and Matlock stations seen as a way of contributing to the savings as part of the IRMP’s action plan for 2017/18.

Explaining the reasons behind it, Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Terry McDermott said: “The decision to review the duty system at Glossop and Matlock Fire Stations was taken based on extensive and thorough data and performance analysis.

“This analysis identified the need to review the overall cost effectiveness of these stations, based on the limited number of incidents attended, the reducing risks in the communities and the overall running costs of the stations.”

DFRS bosses say the possible move would not affect the standard of cover.

But Derbyshire Fire Brigade Union disagree, believing safety to crews and the community could be compromised.

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Derbyshire FBU secretary Chris Tapp is urging Glossopdale people to continue fighting for the future of their fire station.

Opponents of the various options also say that they would leave Glossop dependant on cover from Greater Manchester and New Mills fire stations. They argue that Buxton Fire Station is operated full-time by professional firefighters.

The consultation remains open until February 16 and you can have your say by visiting www.derbys-fire.gov.uk and clicking on the link available.

A freepost information leaflet inviting comments on the options is being sent to postal addresses in the Glossop and Matlock areas. An electric version of the leaflet is also available online at www.derbys-fire.gov.uk.