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North Yorkshire fire service consultation starts

A consultation has been launched today over changes to North Yorkshire fire stations.

The fire service says the number of incidents it attends and the level of risk has fallen over the last ten years, and that in some areas there is an over provision of resources.

The fire stations where changes are proposed are:

  • Harrogate
  • Malton
  • Northallerton
  • Ripon
  • Scarborough
  • Tadcaster
One of the smaller Tactical Response Vehicles which may replace some larger fire engines in North Yorkshire. Credit: ITV Yorkshire

More details are expected later today with one of the proposals expected to be fire engines being replaced by fire vans.

New vehicles set for Tyne and Wear fire service

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has launched two new-style appliances that will target smaller, low risk incidents, such as rubbish fires, across the area.

These kind of incidents account for more than 70% of total incidents the fire service attends.?

The two new Targeted Response Vehicles will attend lower risk incidents between the hours of 6pm and midnight.

The video above was made by the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue service.

Three Tyne & Wear fire stations saved labelled as 'victory for the people'

Gordon Chalk Sunderland Representative for the Fire Brigades' Union has said he is delighted by today's decision to keep three Tyne & Wear fire stations open.

Today, February 16, Tyne and Wear fire authority reversed its decision to close Wallsend, Gosforth and Sunderland - after receiving a petition signed by 30,000 people in Sunderland.


Sunderland rally to protest closure of fire station

Protestors will take to the city streets on today, February 7, to challenge the closure of Sunderland Central fire station.

Tyne and Wear is to lose a total of three fire stations, Sunderland Central, Gosforth and Wallsend - unless the fire authority reverse their decisions.

Demonstrators will march to Market Square from Sunderland Central fire station to draw attention to the fire authority's decisions.

Russ King, the FBU secretary for the Tyne and Wear brigade says the "drastic and unprecedented" proposals are a "genuine threat to public safety".

The Tyne and Wear Fire Authority did not want to comment on the rally.

Firefighters on strike until 9am

Firefighters have been on the picket lines across the North East. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Firefighters across the region will remain out on strike for another two and a half hours this morning.

They walked out 9am yesterday and will return to work today at 9am.

This is the 48th round of industrial action in a continuing dispute with the government over pension reforms.

Firefighters walk out for 48th time in pensions row

Firefighters in the North East are on strike again today in the latest round of industrial action in a long-running row with the government over pensions.

It's the 48th time members of the Fire Brigades Union will walk out since the dispute flared last year.

The 24-hour strike starts at 9am.

The union said that after three years of discussions, firefighters still faced a "stark" choice of being sacked or having their pension severely reduced.

Firefighters in Sunderland during a previous strike. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

"Firefighters in England are reluctantly calling further strike action as a direct result of the Westminster government's failure to listen and negotiate over pensions.

"Firefighters are asking the Westminster government to immediately open genuine negotiations to resolve this dispute. They should also hold a House of Commons debate to fully scrutinise the legislation and there should be a parliamentary vote on the regulations.

"We are not going to give up or go away. Firefighters will fight for however long it takes to secure a fair pensions deal. This dispute will not end as long as the regulations remain unchanged."

– Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary

"This strike action is completely unnecessary and we are disappointed by the FBU's decision, which does nothing but damage the good reputation of the fire and rescue service.

"The Government has worked hard to give firefighters one of the most generous pensions in the public sector.

"The scheme that is currently before Parliament provides greater ill-health and death benefits than the Fire Brigades Union's preferred approach and I believe that the approach we are using will be fairer on all, supporting those wishing to work longer - something absolutely essential if the firefighters' pension scheme is to remain sustainable."

– Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt
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