High Peak fire stations facing closure

Buxton Fire and Rescue Centre on Staden Lane, which only opened in 2011, could be relocated.
Buxton Fire and Rescue Centre on Staden Lane, which only opened in 2011, could be relocated.

A consultation launches today (Tuesday) into plans to reduce the number of fire stations in Derbyshire, with the loss of 78 firefighter jobs.

The plans, if approved, could also see Buxton’s £3.5 million community fire station, which only opened in October 2011, relocated elsewhere in the town.

Last week, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Authority approved plans to consult with stakeholders on proposals to transform Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service’s (DFRS) service deliver for 2022 and beyond.

The consultation includes:

• The closure of 19 fire stations

• The opening of eight new stations

• Relocation of three stations and introduction of two new retained duty system stations

• A reduction in the number of retained duty system standalone stations from 19 to 15.

In the High Peak, the plans would mean the closure of fire stations in Whaley Bridge, New Mills and Chapel-en-le-Frith with a new merged station at Furness Vale.

Stations in Hathersage and Bradwell in the Hope Valley would be closed and replaced with a station in Bamford, while Glossop’s fire station, which is currently a wholetime station, would be reduced to a retained duty system station.

Buxton’s Fire and Rescue Centre would also be relocated.

The fire authority said the relocation and new build of stations is proposed to continue to meet a response standard of one appliance in ten minutes on 75 per cent of occasions.

The plans will reduce the wholetime firefighter establishment by 78 posts over the period, which the authority say will be managed by normal reductions through retirement and leavers.

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