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Fire Authority Decision Regarding Snainton Fire Station

12th December 2012

Following an extensive review, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority have today (12 December) unanimously decided to close Snainton fire station.

The Snainton area was identified as having a low level of risk from fire and other emergencies, and the national risk modelling tool used by fire services suggests it does not need its own fire station.

As part of the capital programme Snainton fire station was due for replacement. An aspect of the normal business process is to conduct a review of the need for a fire station.  A public consultation over the viability and possible closure of Snainton fire station and the potential redeployment of affected personnel was undertaken from the 2nd July 2012 to the 24th September 2012.

Officers will now look to develop a timetable for the closure to occur including redeployment opportunities for staff.

Councillor John Fort, Chair of the Authority said: “Snainton is a very safe place to live and has one of the lowest levels of risk in the UK; we are obliged to carry out these reviews and have followed officers’ advice that there is no requirement to have a fire station located in Snainton.”

Chief Fire Officer Nigel Hutchinson said; “We are aware that some members of the community will feel apprehensive about the loss of the fire station and the Service will continue to work with the local community to provide reassurance. The Service will also seek to support local businesses in understanding their obligations in respect of fire safety legislation.”

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