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Consultation Opens On Proposals To Change Firefighter Duty Systems At Glossop And Matlock Fire Stations

08/Dec/2017

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service has today launched a 10 week consultation in respect of three proposed options to change the way Glossop and Matlock Fire Stations are staffed by firefighters. 

In the Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) 2017-2021, the Service shared that £1.6m savings had to be made by 2019/20.  As part of the IRMP’s Action Plan 2017/18, the Service has reviewed the duty systems operated by firefighters at Glossop and Matlock, as one way of contributing to the savings required. 

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Terry McDermott said: “The decision to review the duty system at Glossop and Matlock Fire Stations was taken based on extensive and thorough data and performance analysis.  This analysis identified the need to review the overall cost effectiveness of these stations, based on the limited number of incidents attended, the reducing risks in the communities and the overall running costs of the stations.

“In reviewing the way our firefighters staff these stations, a number of options for change were presented to the Fire and Rescue Authority in September 2017, three were shortlisted for public consultation.  Our communities’ opinions on these proposals matter to us, and will be fed into the final decision making process.  I’d therefore encourage everyone to have their say, especially people living and working in and around Glossop and Matlock.”

The consultation runs from the 8 December 2017 at 12.00 hours until the 16 February 2018 at 23.59 hours. 

Full details of the consultation, supporting information and the three options for consideration are available by visiting www.derbys-fire.gov.uk  where you can also ‘Have Your Say’ by clicking on the available link. It is important to note that a reduction in the number of full-time firefighter numbers will not result in redundancies.

A freepost information leaflet inviting comment on all three options is being sent to all postal addresses in the Glossop and Matlock area. An electronic version of this leaflet is available online at www.derbys-fire.gov.uk

NOTE TO EDITORS/REPORTERS

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Terry McDermott will be available for interview on Monday 11 December 2017.  Please contact Corporate Communications to arrange an interview.

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