Posted by: North Officer | 21/11/2011

Fire Service Consultation

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue (SYFR) has started a 14-week public consultation on proposals to address a Government funding cut which is expected to reach £10m by 2015. SYFR stress they do not want to make changes but have no alternative due to the extent of the cuts. They have already committed to cutting management and administration costs by 25%.

 The proposals are:

  •  A new full-time fire station near to the Sheffield Parkway, to replace Darnall and Mansfield Road fire stations (Sheffield)
  • 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
  • Removal of the retained duty system crews at Edlington (Doncaster) and Royston (Barnsley). Royston fire station would close
  • Removal of three countywide ‘roving pump’ fire engines in the north and east of Sheffield at Elm Lane , Darnall & Mansfield Rd Fire Stations
  • Changing the firefighter crewing system at up to six existing stations, starting with Lowedges, with no effect on emergency response times.

Feedback through the consultation period is welcome, and any alternative proposals will need to make at least the same level of savings due to the likely budget cut. The proposals currently out to consultation, together with other internal staffing changes, will save around £4m per year following a one-off investment of £3.65m, including two new fire stations.

 The public consultation document, related business cases and Equality Impact Assessment can be viewed on the Service’s website, www.syfire.gov.uk. To make your views known, you can:

Write to: Public consultation, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, 197 Eyre Street, Sheffield, S1 3FG

E-mail: serviceplan@syfire.gov.uk

Twitter: @syfr

Facebook: South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

The consultation ends on Monday 6th February 2012.

Public Meetings will be held in the following areas:

SHEFFIELD

  • Tuesday 22nd November, 7pm, Church on the Corner, 1-5 Buchanan Road, Sheffield, S5 8AP (Elm Lane area)
  • Tuesday 29th November, 7pm, St Catherine’s Church, 300 Hastilar Road South, Sheffield S13 8EJ (Darnall/Mansfield Road area)
  • Wednesday 30th November, 7pm, Mosborough Methodist Church, Chapel Street, Sheffield S20 5BT
  • Wednesday 14th December, 7pm, Sheffield Transport Club, Meadowhead, Sheffield S8 7RH
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