Two Sheffield fire stations threatened with closure

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Two of Sheffield’s busiest full time stations - Darnall and Mansfield Road - could close.

Fire chiefs have announced that they are considering closing them and replacing them with a new station to be built near the Sheffield Parkway.

They claim the closures are necessary to help save £10 million a year over the next four years, forced by Government funding cuts.

The cost cutting plan also includes a proposal to close retained stations in Mosborough in Sheffield and Royston in Barnsley, but a full-time station would be built at Birley to replace Mosborough.

Edlington fire station in Doncaster would also lose its part-time crew under the proposals, but keep its full time firefighters.

There are also plans for three roving fire engines, which normally provide cover when crews are training, to be taken out of service.

Another controversial proposal is to change working times and have firefighters at up to six stations at work 24 hours a day for four days at a time.

They would work day shifts but be expected to be on call at their stations at night in return for extra cash.

See tomorrow’s Star for more.