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Fire service reshuffle plans revealed

Fire service reshuffle plans revealed

Published at 3:37pm 20th July 2015. (Updated at 5:48pm 20th July 2015)

More than 40 jobs could be axed as part of plans to change fire cover in North Yorkshire.

Service bosses say the number of incidents attended and the level of risk have fallen over the last 10 years, which means that in some areas there are potentially too many resources.

It's believed that making changes at some fire stations could deliver a more cost-effective service, although saving money isn't the primary aim.

In Harrogate, the option is to replace one of the fire engines with a Tactical Response Vehicle crewed by fewer staff.

It would attend small incidents, such as bin fires, and also provide support at larger or more complex incidents including house fires and road collisions.

In Ripon, Malton, Northallerton and Tadcaster, the options are to replace the day-crewed fire engine with a Tactical Response Vehicle or to replace the day-crewed fire engine with one which is crewed by a mixture of full and part-time (retained) firefighters.

In Scarborough, the options are to replace one of the fire engines with a Tactical Response Vehicle or introduce a fire engine crewed by staff for nine hours each day.

Outside of those hours, firefighters are on-call from home or elsewhere in the community.

There are no plans to close any fire stations as part of the service review.

In a consultation with staff, some proposals have received "significant" opposition.

Chief Fire Officer Nigel Hutchinson has been speaking to Stray FM about the proposals:

You can find out more and take part in the consultation at www.northyorksfire.gov.uk