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Turning up the heat in fight to save fire station’s future
Thursday 4th January 2018 @ 11:33 by Adam Higgins
Glossop Chronicle News

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

Last month, we revealed how Glossop and Matlock stations could see manning changes as part of a cash-saving operation.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service bosses say the possible move would not affect the standard of cover.

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

One of the options that could be implemented would involve employing on-call (part-time) firefighters to provide cover at certain times.

Firefighters’ homes close to the Whitfield Park station could be sold to help in the £1.6m savings.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Mr Tapp ‘urged’ local people to make their feelings on DFRS duty system proposals known by taking part in the consultation, which runs until midnight on February 16.

Highlighting the importance of keeping the current staffing arrangements, Mr Tapp said Glossop Fire Station’s territory included the Snake and Woodhead Passes – which he described as ‘two of the most dangerous roads in Derbyshire’.

He said: “Fire service management is making the case that due to reductions in fire calls, the changing risk in these areas and the funding challenges that they face due to central government cuts, that these stations no longer require the current level of fire cover.

“The Fire Brigades Union does not agree with this position.”

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.

Full details of the consultation, supporting information and the three options for consideration can be found by visiting www.derbys-fire.gov.uk, where you can also have your say on the proposals by 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.

 

By David Jones