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Gloria and John Mann MP hand over consultation responses.

Gloria hands in consultation responses at Notts fire HQ

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Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero and Bassetlaw MP John Mann presented consultation responses against plans to replace full-time fire crews with on-call firefighters to bosses at Notts fire HQ.

Gloria has been fighting against proposals to implement on-call crews at two of three fire stations since they were announced in the summer.

She has attended a demo outside Ashfield fire station and a street stall in Sutton with the Fire Brigades Union as well as encouraged residents to fill out the consultation responses.

The proposals will affect two of three fire stations in the MPs’ constituencies – Ashfield, Retford and Worksop.

Gloria is concerned that having on-call crews at night instead of full-time staff will put lives in Ashfield at risk because it is proven that they take longer to attend incidents.

She said: “The safety of the people of Ashfield is my priority and we will do all we can to make sure they have the fire service that they need.”

The results of the consultation will be presented to Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Combined Fire Authority in February when its elected members will decide whether to implement the recommendations or not.
The move is purely down to cost-cutting, with Notts Fire and Rescue hoping it will save around £1m a year.

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