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Scarborough One Of Six Fire Stations Targeted For Cutbacks In North Yorkshire

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North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have launched a consultation into the fire cover it provides in the County.

The proposals will see the Fire Authority save £1.5m from an annual 
budget of £30m. The Authority says that they can provide the right cover, with less resources, both people and equipment, due to the volume of calls that they now receive going down significantly.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) have voiced concern that the changes will endanger life and not provide adequate cover for the county.

As well as Scarborough, the five other fire stations being targeted for cutbacks are Malton, Harrogate, Northallerton, Ripon and Tadcaster.

There are seven fire stations within the Scarborough District; one wholetime shift station in Scarborough, one day crewed station in Whitby and four retained stations at Danby, Filey, Lythe and Robin Hood's Bay and one volunteer station at Goathland.

Analysis suggests the resources at Whitby and all of the retained stations within Scarborough District, are appropriate for the risk and therefore, no changes are being proposed.

However changes could be made to one of the fire engines at Scarborough fire station. There are two proposed options for Scarborough fire station:

The first is to replace one of the shift crewed fire engines with a shift crewed Tactical Response Vehicle.

The second is to replace one of the shift crewed engines with day crewed fire engine.

Simon Wall the Brigade Chair for the Fire Brigades Union in North Yorkshire said:

"We appreciate the need for a review and change, but this must not be at the expense of fire fighters or public safety.We also appreciate that call volumes have reduced, but some of that reduction is down to the preventative work we undertake. There are also plans to increase the contribution the Fire Service receives from Council Tax to the maximum that it can,without triggering a referendum."

"Downgrading of fire engines is not the way forward. A TRV can only attend a very limited number of incidents, they only carry a two man crew and can’t use breathing apparatus. Having two fire-fighters attend an incident gives us great concerns with moral pressures and they may have to put themselves under risk or that they may endanger the public further."

"In other areas such as Cleveland and West Yorkshire they are now looking at phasing out their use of TRV’s as they haven’t worked for them, yet North Yorkshire are looking to introduce."

The Fire Authority have said that there will no forced redundancies with these proposals. There has been a freeze on recruitment since 2009.

Owen Hayward, area manager at North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said:
"We would really like to hear from local residents, business groups and our staff to gather their views on these proposals."

A public drop-in event will be held on Wednesday 5th August 3pm-7pm Scarborough Small room, Scarborough Library, Vernon Road, Scarborough, YO11 2NN

Drop-ins will be also held in all towns where changes are proposed as well as in Richmond, Skipton, Whitby and York. Details will be posted online.

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