Fire chiefs agree plans to shut four fire stations

Mansfield Road fire station, Manor Top, Sheffield, is to close.
Mansfield Road fire station, Manor Top, Sheffield, is to close.
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FIREFIGHTERS staged a demonstration outside a meeting in South Yorkshire before controversial plans to close four fire stations were given the go-ahead today.

Crew members picketed the South Yorkshire Fire Authority meeting in Barnsley this morning - which agreed proposals to axe 32 part-time firefighters, abolish three roving fire engines, and close Mansfield Road, Darnall, Mosborough and Royston stations.

Firefighter Mark Wild, aged 39, of Sheffield, who works at Mansfield Road, said: “It’s not just about the jobs, it’s about lives that will be endangered.”

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Neil Hessell told the meeting 15,000 households should receive a better level of service as a result of the changes - but admitted nearly 8,000 could face longer response times.

Authority chairman Jim Andrews stressed the cost-cutting was the result of Government funding cuts.

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