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North Yorkshire Fire Authority to Consult On Proposed Changes

21st June 2012

Following a review of the Service’s fire and emergency cover, senior managers have recommended a full consultation should be undertaken over the viability and possible closure of Snainton fire station and the potential redeployment of affected personnel.

At the North Yorkshire Fire Authority meeting on the 20th June 2012, the recommendation was approved.  A formal consultation will commence on 2nd July and last for a minimum of 12 weeks. 

Chief Fire Officer Nigel Hutchinson wants to reassure the public that this is not a money saving exercise; it is the product of an objective review of fire cover requirements for the Snainton area brought about by the current station having reached the end of its serviceable life.  He also stressed that the consultation is open to all from 2nd July and that no firm decisions will be taken until responses to consultation have been carefully considered by the Fire Authority, expected to be at its December 2012 meeting. 

Chief Fire Officer Hutchinson said, "The outcomes of an in-depth review of fire cover requirements in the Snainton area has concluded that a Fire Station at Snainton is not required to meet the needs of the community risk profile and that appropriate fire cover is already available from Sherburn, Pickering or Scarborough fire stations.  Given this conclusion, I could not justify making a recommendation to the Fire Authority that it commits scarce financial resources to maintaining what amounts to an overprovision of service.  I would wish to make it crystal clear that the recommendation is in no way a reflection on the local crew which performs very well.”

Information regarding the proposal will be available on the Service’s website (www.northyorksfire.gov.uk) from 2nd July, throughout the consultation period.  To request a paper copy or information in an alternative format please telephone 01609 780150 or email snainton.consultation@northyorksfire.gov.uk

Various consultation surgeries/meetings will be held in the Snainton area during the consultation period, full details of which will be publicised locally and on the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service website in due course.

ENDS

Notes to Editor

Snainton fire station is crewed by on-call firefighters who respond to the fire station from their home or place of work upon receipt of an emergency call.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has a total of 39 fire stations, 26 of which are crewed entirely by on-call (Retained Duty System) firefighters, 7 are crewed by firefighters between 0800-1800 who then carry an alerter and respond to calls outside of these hours, and 4 shift stations which are crewed 24 hours a day.

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