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Fire Cover Review Consultation Reminder

30th September 2015

1st October 2015

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue launched a consultation on 20th July 2015 on a number of fire station specific proposals as part of a review of fire cover, which the Service has been undertaking since 2014.

The consultation closes on Friday 16th October at 6pm and we would really like to hear from local residents, business groups and our staff. 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.

You can find out more about the proposals and respond to the consultation by visiting http://www.northyorksfire.gov.uk/news-events/public-consultations/fcr_jul15/

‘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 undertaken as part of the review, the Service have seen that the number of incidents it attends 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 the fire stations within North Yorkshire in order to deliver a more cost effective service and better match resources to risk levels.

On the 24th June 2015 North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue 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.

There are no proposals to close any fire stations as part of this review.

 

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