Buxton residents urged to have their say on planned fire cuts

A PUBLIC meeting about proposed cuts to Buxton’s fire cover is taking place next week – and people are being urged to have their say.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service are currently consulting on plans to remove second fire engines from four stations across the county, including Buxton, after carrying out a review of emergency cover in the county.

The service say that the second appliances “appear to contribute very little to the fire cover requirements” and the review proposes they are removed with options being developed to improve resilience and cover in the western part of the High Peak and the Wye Valley of Derbyshire Dales.

Removing the second appliance at Buxton will also lead to the loss of five retained firefighters.

As part of the consultation, a public meeting will take place in Buxton next week when anyone attending will be able to question senior fire officers and hear the reasons behind the proposals. The meeting will take place at The Dome, University of Derby, Buxton, on Monday, May 16 at 7pm.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Andy Waldie said: “It is vitally important that the communities of Derbyshire have an opportunity to have their say about the proposals. These public meetings will enable them to hear about the reasons behind the proposals and put questions to us and I would urge people to attend.”

The proposals have been heavily criticised by the Fire Brigades Union. Gary Mitchell, FBU regional secretary last month told the Buxton Advertiser: “These fire engines provide the local community with essential night-time cover.

“Quite a lot of the second appliances act like a support pump, especially at night for dwelling fires and things like that so it will mean extra distance to travel to get to incidents.”

The FBU will be campaigning in Buxton to highlight the risks the proposed cuts will have.

People can also have their say on the emergency cover review online at www.derbys-fire.gov.uk.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service say other interested parties, including the firefighters involved, are being consulted directly.