Oppose plans, say firefighters

Derbyshire Fire crews dampen down after a house fire on Ann Street, Creswell  (w120208-10d)
Derbyshire Fire crews dampen down after a house fire on Ann Street, Creswell (w120208-10d)

Alfreton firefighters are urging the public to oppose plans to close Alfreton Fire Station, forcing the town to share two engines with Ripley, Heanor and Crich.

The Transforming Service Delivery 2022 consultation proposes all four towns share two fire engines operating from a central Ripley station.

Derbyshire Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members say the plans will mean the loss of 16 fire engines, 11 fire stations and 100 full-time firefighters.

You can respond to the consultation by visiting www.derbys-fire.gov.uk and clicking on the Transforming Service Delivery 2022 link.

A Derbyshire FBU spokesman also urged emailing the Amber Valley MP at nigel.mills.mp@parliament.uk and signing its petition at you.38degrees.org.uk/p/NoFireCutsDerbyshire.

Keep up with developments at @DerbyshireFBU.