Posted: Friday 5 January 2018, 16:18
Representatives from Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) will be at Park Head in Hall Leys Park, Matlock on Friday 12 January 2018, between 9:00 and 13:30 hours to answer public questions regarding the Service’s ongoing consultation.
On the 8 December 2017 DFRS launched a 10 week consultation in respect of three proposed options to change the way both Matlock and Glossop 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.
Speaking following the launch of the consultation, 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, either by taking the time to visit one of our public engagement events, or getting involved online.”
A further public consultation event is scheduled to take place on the 26 January 2018, from 09:00 to 13:30 hours at the Market Place, Glossop.
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.
The consultation runs until the 16 February 2018 at 23.59 hours.