Group’s fire plea

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CAMPAIGNERS who lost their battle to stop emergency fire bosses removing an engine from Shirebrook station are appealing for the authority to reconsider its decision.

Derbyshire Fire Authority members decided to withdraw the station’s second engine leaving only one on site after they argued the county could be protected with fewer appliances and cover from other stations.

But the Save Shirebrook’s Fire Engine group, which originally submitted a 1,200 name petition against the plan, argued the public consultation had not been thorough and it failed to address all the possible risks.

SSFE spokesman Ray Holmes said the consultation didn’t consider the human element and hadn’t involved councils.

The fire authority argued there is back up from other nearby stations and its consultation had been extensive and it did not anticipate changing its decision.