Save Ashfield's Firefighters

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Nottinghamshire and City of Nottingham Fire and Rescue Authority are consulting on changing the way that Ashfield Fire Station is manned.

It is currently manned 24 hours a day and has 26 firefighters. Their proposal is to reduce this to 12 staff and there are plans to man it during the day but NOT at night when it would be covered by retained staff.

Councillor Jason Zadrozny, a member of the Fire Authority said, "Any decision to reduce the service at Ashfield Fire Station could cost lives. It's that serious! Reducing the service would add in at least 5 minutes to attend any incident - the crucial life saving time as far as I'm concerned. Ashfield Independents are today launching a campaign to retain all services at Ashfield Fire Station. I would encourage everybody to get involved in the consultation and send a clear message that there must be no cuts!"

The move is expected to save Fire Bosses £500,000 a year. The Fire Brigade Union has been consulted and is against any cuts.

Councillor Zadrozny said, "I know that money is tight but people's safety has to be the number one priority. With the Grenfell Tower disaster still fresh in our minds - announcing potential cuts at this time is particularly sensitive. We will oppose any cuts to the Fire Service with everything we have got. We will be launching an online petition and will be running the biggest campaign we have ever done. This is a campaign that could save lives! For the Fire Authority to even consider this is a disgrace. I hope people join our campaign to save our life saving services."



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