South Yorkshire Fire Service deadline extended

Pictured is Deputy Chief Fire Officer of South Yorks Jamie Courtney
Pictured is Deputy Chief Fire Officer of South Yorks Jamie Courtney
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A public consultation over plans to scrap current 999 response times and staff some fire stations part time has been extended by the fire service.

South Yorkshire residents are being asked to have their say on plans drawn up by fire chiefs in response to government budget cuts.

The proposals include staffing the county’s main fire stations in Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster part time at night.

They also include staffing the new station at Birley Moor part-time and replacing Combined Aerial Rescue Pumps with separate rescue pumps and dedicated aerial appliances.

The service is also suggesting scrapping its current 999 response time of six minutes after it revealed it had never met its target of reaching 80 per cent of life-threatening incidents within six minutes.

Chief fire officer James Courtney said: “We want to give people even longer to tell us what they think of the draft proposals their opinions have helped shape.

“People’s clear initial feedback has been that we must protect the frontline as far as possible and, despite losing £12 million, that’s what these plans seek to do.”

See www.syfire.gov.uk or write to South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, 197 Eyre Street, S1 3FG, by November 4.