Have your say on fire cuts

Ilkeston Fire fighters strike.
Ilkeston Fire fighters strike.

Ilkeston folk can have their say on major cuts to Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS) this week.

Firefighters are holding a stall in Ilkeston Market Place on Saturday (November 9) from 9am to 3.30pm where residents can give their views.

A 12-week public consultation started this week into the cuts which could see Ilkeston and Long Eaton fire stations downgraded to retained.

Other stations across the county could close and 78 full-time firefighters could be out of a job as the fire service faces a 40 per cent budget cut.

It has to save a total of £4.4m by 2017.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in Derbyshire has blasted the cuts saying they will put lives at risk by dramatically reducing response times.

The fire service has encouraged residents to have their say.

DFRS group manager Steve McLernon said: “We are holding a number of public consultation events across the county giving people the opportunity to talk to our officers about the proposals being put forward.”

The FBU held two days of strikes this week over Government changes to pensions.

One took place on Friday night when firework displays were being held across the town. However there were no serious incidents reported in Ilkeston.

Another strike is scheduled for Wednesday (November 13) between 10am and 2pm.