Have your say on fire cuts

NILALC100511E1 - Ilkeston Fire Station
NILALC100511E1 - Ilkeston Fire Station
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Ilkeston firefighter, Ben Keiller, who is vice-chairman of the local branch of the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) urged Ilkeston residents to have their say on a consultation into massive cuts proposed to the county’s fire service.

The service has to save 40 per cent of its budget – £4.4million – by 2017.

Derbyshire Fire Service has proposed 17 station closures across the county and 78 job losses.

Ilkeston Fire Station in Derby Road – built in 2009 at a cost of £3.2m – would become a retained station and no longer have a full-time crew if the plans are rubber-stamped.

Last week Mr Keiller claimed the plans would put lives at risk and impact on response times.

Now he said it was imperative residents responded to the consultation online and in Ilkeston Market Place on November 9 when firefighters would ask people for their opinions.

“These changes could lead to lives being lost and one life lost is too many,” he said.

Fill out the consultation at www.derbys-fire.gov.uk.