Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

April 18, 2011 10:49 ET

Stop These Cuts to Your Fire Service, FBU Urges the Public

DERBYSHIRE, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - April 18, 2011) - The Fire Brigades Union is urging the public to voice their opposition to fire cuts, after Derbyshire fire and rescue service proposed reducing the level of fire cover to four Derbyshire towns.

Derbyshire fire and rescue service intend to remove a fire engine from each of the fire stations in Buxton, Ashbourne, Shirebrook and Clay Cross, according to the service's Emergency Fire Cover Review, revealed by management last week.

Gary Mitchell, FBU regional secretary said: "These fire engines provide the local community with essential night time fire cover. Government figures clearly show that the risk of fire death is at its height between the hours of midnight and 6am. This has been tragically demonstrated in recent months in Derbyshire, with two night time house fires that claimed the lives of six children. These fires were in the station areas of Buxton and Ashbourne, which are two of the stations threatened with the removal of a fire engine."

A three month public consultation period began on 11 April. The Fire Brigades Union will be campaigning in these areas to highlight to members of the public the risks that these reductions will have on their communities.

Gary Mitchell said: "We urge members of the public in these areas to contact their elected council members and to attend public meetings to voice their opposition to service proposals to reduce the amount of fire cover that they currently receive."

Note to editors

The greater risks of fires at night are highlighted in CLG's Fire Statistics 2008, Table 2.10, page 44 http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/statistics/pdf/1780609.pdf.

Contact Information

  • Gary Mitchell
    FBU regional secretary
    07894613402

    Paul Revill
    FBU regional retained rep
    07769309501