Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

October 23, 2009 11:47 ET

Derbyshire Fire Authority Plans Cuts to Fire Cover

DERBY, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - Oct. 23, 2009) - Derbyshire Fire Brigades Union (FBU) have hit out at plans to slash fire cover in Derby City Centre.

Firefighters in Derbyshire have reacted angrily to proposals to remove the second fire engine from Ascot Drive fire station in Derby, claiming that consultation with the union has been limited and allowing only 12 weeks consultation with the public.. There have even been claims that the decision of the Fire Authority was only passed by a handful of Councillors with most abstaining from the vote.

Chris Tapp, Brigade Chair of the FBU in Derbyshire said: 'We are deeply concerned over these proposals on a number of fronts. We don't believe that the public in Derby have been made properly aware of these proposals, never mind been asked for an opinion on them. But crucially the loss of the second fire engine from Ascot Drive means that the number of front line appliances in Derby will be cut from four to three, a reduction of 25%.

"The number of calls responded to by Ascot Drive means it is currently by far the busiest fire station in Derby and we have real concerns over how fire cover in Derby is being compromised. We have not been convinced by any of the evidence provided that this will improve the service and we have to remember that this cut comes on top of a reduction in 36 firefighters from Derbyshire in 2006."

Dave Green, Executive Council member for the FBU in the East Midlands said "We are concerned that the people of Derbyshire are not being given a real say on this issue. The Fire Authority talks about consultation but the reality is it is a paper exercise. The number of wholetime firefighters in Derbyshire has been reduced over the years and with a critical lack of part time firefighters in rural areas, we are deeply concerned as to what the future holds.

"The FBU have already agreed to changes in our members shift patterns to help the Brigade supposedly improve their efficiency and proposals like this are a real kick in the teeth. It is especially galling when we see an explosion in those employed by the Human Resources department and in other corporate positions. Is this really what the public of Derbyshire really want their Fire Service to look like?"

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:
    Dave Green
    EC Member
    07712 654419
    or
    Chris Tapp
    Brigade Chair
    0789 4613397