Warsop Fire Station under threat ‘because of fewer call-outs’

Warsop firestation.
Warsop firestation.

Fire chiefs have admitted that Warsop’s station is under threat of closure because call-outs have tumbled in recent years.

As part of planned cuts across Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, the future of Warsop’s Church Street station is in doubt.

Chief fire officer for Notts, John Buckley, said the number of shouts to the retained station has fallen dramatically.

He says in 2009 there had been over 321 incidents in the Warsop area, but across the last five years there had been just 103.

He puts this down to Edwinstowe Fire Station - the nearest to Warsop’s station - becoming a full-time station in recent years.

Speaking at a recent meeting with Warsop parish councillors on Monday, where he and Nottinghamshire Fire Authority chairman, Darrell Pulk, answered questions, he said: “Our stats have consistently fallen over the years, we had three times more (call-outs) than we do today, and that’s nationally.

“Warsop has been particularly affected because Edwinstowe has taken over some of that area, which was to address a gap in the centre of the county at the time.

“That is why Warsop is on the radar (for potential closure).

Quizzed about how it would affect response times, he answered: “We always want to respond quickly but the reality is that there are some places in the county where a 15-minute response time is the norm.

“There would be an increase in response time, but it would be very, very small.

“This is the reality of where we are, we have to make reductions.

“It’s an unprecedented reduction in budget that we have never seen before.”

Notts fire service’s budget has been slashed £2.4 needs to be trimmed to balance the books - the equivalent to one full-time appliance and two retained stations being lost.

As part of the proposals, Mansfield could also lose its retained pump permanently, although both the fire service and fire authority insist no decision has been made and 
the consultation is still ongoing.

However, he said if the station was to close, no jobs are expected to be lost with firefighters being offered positions at other stations.

Warsop councillor, John Kerr still wants people to have their say, but still fears the station will close imminently.

He said: “The fight will continue, but quite frankly, it could be a waste of time, I still think the decision has been made.”

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