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York Fire Cover Decision Made

9th February 2011

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority today, Wednesday 9th February 2011, approved plans to build a new fire station at Kent Street in York. The Kent Street station will replace the current fire station at Clifford Street which is no longer fit for purpose.

As a result of this move around 45,000 people who live in the east and south of the city will receive a faster first response from the fire service. There will be a slight delay in a fire engine arriving in the city centre but this will not affect the overall level of response to the city centre which is provided by the five fire engines in the York area, all of which can reach the city centre in 15 minutes.

In support of the move to Kent Street the Authority asked officers to re-examine the location of fire engines, with a report to be taken to a future Authority meeting.

Chief Fire Officer Nigel Hutchinson said “I am pleased that the Fire Authority has agreed to move to Kent Street. We will now re-examine the options for locations of fire engines and specialist equipment. Public safety is paramount and under the proposals presented there remains an opportunity to improve fire cover to a further 30,000 residents in Huntington, New Earswick, Strensall, Haxby, Wiggington and surrounding areas, as well as the A64 north of York.”

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