Fire service plans to reduce fleet

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RESIDENTS have begun to raise concerns over Derbyshire fire service’s plans to remove the second fire engine from four stations across the region.

The emergency service held a public meeting at Shirebrook Village Hall, yesterday, Monday, May 9, outlining proposals to take away the second engines from Shirebrook, Clay Cross, Ashbourne and Buxton stations.

Dep Chief fire officer Andy Waldie said: “It is vitally important the communities of Derbyshire have an opportunity to have their say about the proposals.”

Shirebrook residents and others at the meeting raised safety concerns and argued the move was another example of money-saving cuts and that Shirebrook needed its second engine.

But a panel of leading Derbyshire firefighters argued research showed the county only needs 38 appliances and it is currently operating with 42.

They also stated that with back up from other nearby stations Shirebrook did not need a second engine and its removal would not put people at risk.

Other public meetings from 7pm will be held at Clay Cross Social Centre, on May 13, The Dome, at Derby University, on May 16, and Asbourne Leisure Centre, on May 17.

Those interested can visit for details and the fire service said it will be taking all views into consideration before making any final decisions.