Six fire stations and circa 40 jobs to save £1.5m

28 July 2015

A consultation has been launched into the future of fire services in Harrogate and other north Yorkshire towns.

The local fire and rescue service is looking at a number of options including reducing the size of  vehicles, smaller crews and a mix of retained and part-time staff.

Steve Howley of the Fire Brigades Union condemned the proposals and said he had ‘serious concerns’ for his members and local people.

He said to the BBC: "The reductions to the service being proposed are massive - 42 posts is around a quarter of what we have now."

Chief Fire Officer Nigel Hutchinson said the changes made sense because demand for services have fallen by a third since 2005. 

"There will be fewer full-time jobs,” he said. “But I am hopeful, if these proposals are accepted, we should be able to implement them without the need for compulsory redundancies."

The public consultation runs until October with a final decision due in December.

Original sources

North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service

BBC York and North Yorkshire

Harrogate Informer