Derbyshire Police has confirmed four people have died in a house fire on Williamthorpe Road in North Wingfield near Chesterfield.
Emergency services were called to the scene around five o'clock this morning. The death of two adults and two children has been confirmed while a third child is being treated in hospital for minor injuries.
A joint investigation by Derbyshire Police and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service will be carried out. Williamsthorpe Road remains closed with local diversions in place.
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service are warning homeowners about the dangers of fires in the kitchen after 142 cooking related fires in Derbyshire in the last seven months.
The emergency service team say half of all accidental fires in England begin in the kitchen, and more than half of all fire casualties are caused by kitchen fires.
Since April this year, firefighters across Derbyshire have attended 142 kitchen fires which have resulted in 40 people suffering burns or the effects of smoke inhalation and the death of one gentleman.
Distraction when cooking is one of the main causes of fire call-outs in Derbyshire and the fire service is asking local residents to take extra care in the kitchen over the winter months.
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.
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue will use members of the public as reservist firefighters. The move comes after 78% of firefighters voted to strike against the government's pension scheme.
The fire service says the the reservists were chosen after 'rigorous' tests.
Following Derbyshire Fire and Rescue’s call to recruit members of the public as reservist Firefighter Operatives and Pump Operators/Drivers, the Derbyshire Community showed support and numerous applicants called our recruitment hotline.
Following initial phone screening applicants were invited to take part in rigorous job related tests and interviews. Two groups of people were taken forward from this process to the training courses set for the positions being recruited to.
The first group have completed their training with the second group currently on a day three of a 9 day course.
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue have plans in place to ensure that we continue to provide an emergency response within the County.
We accept that any planned industrial action will impact on our ability to deliver business as usual, but we are confident that the implementation of our plans will enable us to continue to answer 999 calls and to respond to incidents as quickly as possible.
We would continue to remind people to take care when going about their daily business.
– Dave Ramscar, Chief fire officer at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue
This Government does not believe that industrial action is necessary. The pension on offer to firefighters is one of the most generous in the public sector.
After two years of discussions and improved terms firefighters will still get one of the most generous public service pensions – £26,000 a year, when including the £7,000 state pension. Someone in the private sector would have to contribute twice as much to get the same pension.
All 46 fire and rescue authorities in England have robust contingency plans.