The Chief Fire Officer of Derbyshire Fire and Rescue has claimed the re-organisation of its services are important to ensure the service is 'Fit to Respond'.
Proposals include a reduction in the amount of fire stations in the county and 78 job losses, but Sean Frayne said the changes would make for a more efficient fire service.
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is committed to ensuring it is ‘Fit to Respond’ to the many challenges being faced both now and in the future.
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.
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue have set out proposals in order to cut costs for the service. The cuts will involve the closure of 19 stations across the county, and the opening of eight new stations.
The proposals were agreed at a meeting last Thursday, and a consultation period begins from October 1.
The plans have been proposed to make the service more efficient. The fire service says they will be able to continue to meet a response standard of getting to incidents within 10 minutes, in 75% of call-outs.
They also say 78 jobs will be lost, but that it will be managed through retirement and leavers. The plans will see the introduction of 30 Operational Community Safety Officers.