Public to have their say on fire station closures

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FIRE chiefs have organised a seventh public meeting for people to give their views on plans to close some fire stations in a bid to help save £10 million.

It is to be held at the Church of Christ in Darnall, on Thursday, January 12, from 7pm, to give local people the chance to have their say on the proposed closure of their local station.

Mansfield Road fire station in Intake, Sheffield, is also earmarked for closure and bosses want to build a new one to replace them near Sheffield Parkway.

They also want to close Mosborough retained fire station and replace it with a new one at Birley.

There are also plans to close Royston fire station in Barnsley and axe the retained firefighters at Edlington fire station.

If plans get the go-ahead, three roving fire engines used as back-up when firefighters are training are to be taken out of service.

There are also plans to change the crewing systems at up to six fire stations, where firefighters would work night shifts on an ‘on-call’ basis.

A Fire Service spokesman said: “The consultation is to address a Government funding cut expected to reach £10 million by 2015.

“Members and officers stress they do not want to make changes but have no alternative due to the extent of the cuts. They have already committed to cutting management and administration by 25 per cent.

“Feedback through the consultation period is welcome and any alternative proposals will need to make at least the same savings.

n The consultation period ends on February 6. Log onto www.syfire.gov.uk for full details.