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Crews move into Leek’s new £3.4 million community fire station

Generic images of fire engines Credit: Barry Batchelor / PA Archive/PA Images

Crews have today moved into Leek’s new £3.4 million community fire station.

The state-of-the-art facility, situated on Springfield Road has replaced the outdated building on the same site, which became operational in 1971.

the new station will help to enable firefighters respond more efficiently and effectively to 21st Century emergencies.

Facilities within the building have also been created specifically with the community in mind and for the use of residents.

Groups and organisations will be encouraged to hold their meetings in specially designated community rooms, creating a hub which will allow greater contact between local people and firefighters who serve the area.

Fire crews dispatched to Leicester factory fire

Six pumps have been dispatched to reports of a factory fire on Ross Walk in Leicester, according to Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service.

Images have emerged of large plumes of smoke coming from a building near Abbey Park.

Flames can be seen Credit: Rick Frisby
Smoke emerging from a building Credit: Henel Joshi
Smoke billows from the building Credit: Henel Joshi

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Public consultation on Leicestershire fire station closure starts

Two fire stations are earmarked for closure Credit: ITV News Central

A public consultation into plans to close two fire stations in Leicestershire and replace some fire engines with smaller vehicles begins today.

People have until December to comment on the proposals to close Central and Kibworth stations to save money over the next five years.

Richard Chandler, Chief Fire Officer at Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, says they're open to ideas from the public about how to save money.

Report: Leicestershire Fire Service plans closures and possible redundancies

A fire station in the centre of Leicester is one of two which could be closed down to save money. The county's fire and rescue service could also make a number of firefighters redundant.

The plans would see the closure of Central fire station, near the University of Leicester, along with Kibworth, near Market Harborough.

Some firefighters affected by the plans are thought to have found the news out on social media. ITV News Central's Stacey Foster reports.

More fire stations and jobs could be lost in the West Midlands

More fire stations across the West Midlands could be closed and more firefighters could lose their jobs because of further cuts over the next three years, according to the Chair of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority.

Chair of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority warns fire stations could close Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Councillor John Edwards said fire services in the region were facing “increasingly difficult times” thanks to a 36% cut in central Government funding since 2011.

He added that further cuts of at least £14m are expected over the next three years.

We are at tipping point. I am calling on the Government to listen to our very real concerns that fire stations and fire engines might have to go, and that firefighters will lose their jobs.

“It calls into question our continuing ability to provide the effective and efficient fire service, and five-minute response time, that people in the West Midlands expect and deserve."

– Councillor John Edwards, Chair of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority

Councillor Edwards, who worked as a firefighter for twelve years, was re-elected Chair of the West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority for the fifth year in a row at the organisation's annual meeting on Monday.

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