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Have Your Say on the Future of Your Fire and Rescue Service

19th July 2015

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue is today launching a consultation on a number of fire station specific proposals as part of a review of fire cover, which the Service has been undertaking since 2014.

 ‘Fire Cover’ refers to:

  • The number of fire engines and other specialist fire vehicles and equipment available to respond to fires and other emergencies.
  • Where fire stations are located.
  • How quickly fire engines can respond to an emergency call. This is determined by how they are staffed.

From the analysis we have undertaken as part of the review, we have seen that the number of incidents we attend and the level of risk have fallen over the last ten years, and this means that in some areas there is potentially an over provision of resources.

There is, therefore, an opportunity to make changes at some of our fire stations in order to deliver a more cost effective service and better match resources to risk levels.

On the 24th June 2015 the Fire Authority approved a number of fire station specific proposals be taken forward for consultation.

 The fire stations where changes are proposed are: Harrogate, Scarborough, Malton, Northallerton, Ripon and Tadcaster.

  •  At Malton, Northallerton, Ripon and Tadcaster the options are to replace the day crewed fire engine with one Tactical Response Vehicle (a smaller vehicle crewed by fewer staff) OR to replace the day crewed fire engine with one that is Mixed Crewed (crewed by a mix of day crewed and retained staff).
  •  At Scarborough the options are to replace one shift fire engine with a Tactical Response Vehicle (a smaller vehicle crewed by fewer staff)  OR replace one shift fire engine with a day crewed fire engine (crewed by staff for 9 hours each day, outside of those hours those firefighters are on-call from home or elsewhere in the community).
  • At Harrogate the option is to replace one of the shift crewed fire engines with a Tactical Response Vehicle (a smaller vehicle crewed by fewer staff). Due to the traffic congestion, day crewed and mixed crewing options are not being proposed as it would be difficulties for staff to respond to the fire station from home.

We are not proposing to close any fire stations as part of this review.

Area Manager Owen Hayward said : “We would really like to hear from local residents, business groups and our staff to gather their views on these proposals. Even if you do not live or work in an area that is specifically affected by the proposed changes we would like to hear from you.”

We are holding a number of public drop-in events within the towns where changes are proposed and also in Richmond, Skipton, Whitby and York, and I would urge people to call into one of the events, if they want to find out more. The details of the drop-in events are available on our website.”

You can find out more about the proposals and respond to the consultation by visiting out website www.northyorksfire.gov.uk,  following the Fire Cover Review link and completing the survey.

 If you would like to request a paper copy of the consultation documents and a paper copy of the survey please call us on 01609 788515, email us at fcr@northyorksfire.gov.uk or write to us at Fire Cover Review, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Headquarters, Thurston Road, Northallerton, DL6 2ND.

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