As you may have seen recently in the news, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) have begun a 12 week consultation on proposals to reduce front line services. Part of these proposals include closing Warsop Fire Station for good.
The services and responses provided by Warsop Fire Station would be provided by the next nearest available appliance. These are currently in Edwinstowe, Mansfield and Worksop, should they be available at the time. If they are not available, it would be the next nearest which could be Tuxford, Ashfield or Retford.
Darrell Pulk the Chair of the Fire Authority, which is the group of people that will ultimately approve the proposals, says: “The service has already made some significant savings in recent years by reducing the number of managers it has and realigning front line resources to the meet the demands of a changing environment. But there is still work to be done and the £2.4million deficit it now faces leaves the service with no option but to once again review how it delivers services to the people of Nottinghamshire.
“The Fire Authority has asked the Service to carry out this consultation on its behalf so it can gauge public opinion, and also so it can reassure the public that these aren’t decisions that are being taken lightly.
“Much thought and analysis has gone into the proposals so that they represent a positive and realistic way forward, and I hope that people will engage in the process and give us their views so that informed decisions can be made by the Fire Authority in September.”
John Buckley, the Chief Fire Officer who is responsible for drawing up the proposals says: “In recent years the Service has worked extremely hard to prevent incidents from occurring and to ensure that our communities are safer than they have ever been. Last year, for the first time, fire crews responded to fewer than 10,000 incidents and this contributes to a reduction of approximately 35 per cent in the number of incidents over the last 10 years.
“As part of this latest review, we have, once again, examined areas of risk and made proposals based on aligning our resources to where they are needed most. Keeping our communities safe remains our number one priority, and we will continue to do our best to provide a first class service to the public whilst making the necessary changes to meet the financial challenges ahead.”
At Big Warsop we are 100% against the proposal to permanently close Warsop Fire Station and would encourage anyone who shares this view to complete the survey on NFRS website. We would also like to hear from anyone who would be interested in getting involved in a campaign to oppose this proposal. We can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NFRS are asking for public feedback. You can complete the survey on NFRS website here.