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.