Derbyshire fire cost-cutting

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.

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Changes to fire service will keep it 'Fit to Respond'

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.

Consultation to discuss fire proposals starts tomorrow

A consultation period will begin tomorrow, giving stakeholder in Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service the chance to have their say on proposals to make the service more cost-efficient.

The proposals to be discussed are:

  • The closure of 19 fire stations
  • The opening of eight new stations
  • Relocation of three stations and introduction of two new 'retained duty system' (RDS) stations
  • Reduction of the number of 'wholetime' stations to five, with seven crewed fire engines
  • A reduction in the number of RDS stations from 19 to 15, which would see the total number of stations reducing from 31 to 20

While the total number of stations will be reduced to 20, the service say there will only be one less engine in operation.

There are also plans to change some community safety activities, including Home Safety Fire Checks, fire protection and youth schemes.

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Derbyshire fire service outlines plans to cut costs

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.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue attend a scene Credit: ITV News Central

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.

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