Posted by: southadmin | 03/04/2012

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Consultation Feedback

Following a 14 week consultation period and the consideration of 16 alternative business cases put forward by members of the public and SY Fire & Rescue staff, Members of the Fire & Rescue Authority approved 4 business case proposals to deal with an expected £10 million cut in Government funding at its meeting on Monday 26 March.

The plans will see a new full-time fire station near to the Sheffield Parkway to replace Darnall and Mansfield Road fire stations, and a new full-time fire station at Birley to improve cover in south-east Sheffield and enable the closure of the part-time fire station at Mosborough.

The proposals also include the removal of the part-time crews at Edlington and Royston, meaning Royston fire station will close on 31st December 2012.

Two ‘roving pumps’ which are surplus to requirements will be removed from Elm Lane and Mansfield Road over the next month, with a Small Incidents Unit to be introduced at Elm Lane at the same time. The roving pump based at Darnall will be removed in March 2013.

Chair of South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority Cllr Jim Andrews said: “We don’t want to make these changes but we have no other option faced with such a huge reduction in our budget.

“We firmly believe that the proposals approved today will help us achieve the necessary savings whilst having the minimum impact on fire cover.

Chief Fire Officer Jamie Courtney said: “It is impossible to take millions of pounds out of a budget without affecting service delivery, but these changes will help us cope with the budget reduction whilst minimising the impact on emergency fire cover.

“We put these proposals out to public consultation, but none of the sixteen alternative proposals we received provided both the necessary level of emergency fire cover with the same level of savings.

“I am confident that the impact on the public of these changes will be minimal but if anyone is concerned about fire safety issues and would like to request a Home Safety Check, they can call us on (0114) 253 2314 or text FREE to 87023.”

The full list of proposals approved by the Fire Authority today is:

 ·         A new full-time fire station near to the Sheffield Parkway, to replace Darnall and Mansfield Road fire stations (Sheffield), and a new full-time fire station at Birley, to improve cover in south-east Sheffield, and enable the closure of the part-time fire station at Mosborough – IMPLEMENTATION in around 2015

·         Removal of the retained duty system crews at Edlington (Doncaster) and Royston (Barnsley) IMPLEMENTATION – Edlington crew to be removed as soon as possible. Royston fire station to close in December 2012

·         Removal of three countywide ‘roving pump’ fire engines that were used to support firefighter training but are no longer needed  – IMPLEMENTATION at Elm Lane and Mansfield Road in the next month, at Darnall in March 2013. Small Incidents Unit to begin at Elm Lane as soon as possible

·         Changing the firefighter crewing system at up to six existing stations, starting with Lowedges, with no effect on emergency response times. The “Close Proximity Crewing” model will save £400,000 per station, per year – IMPLEMENTATION in 2013

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