In February I launched a petition opposing cuts to our fire service following rumours of plans to close fire stations.
The plans have since been published in full and I recently met with the Chief Fire Officer and his deputy this month to discuss them in more detail.
Due to Government cuts the fire service will be changing significantly over the next three years. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service plan to reduce their annual spending by £12.8million by 2022.
Bolton North and Bolton Central Stations are expected to close with a new facility built in the Turton Street area, the exact site is yet to be confirmed.
The number of fire engines and the number of fire fighters per engine will be decreased.
I am confident that the Fire Service are focused on minimising any impact on attendance times, but the fact remains that there will be a reduction in service due to a reduced budget.
I will be meeting the Fire Brigades Union later this month to discuss their concerns about the plans.
If you’d like to have your say on the proposals, you can find the full details and the official consultation at https://manchesterfire.gov.uk/programme-for-change/
If you want to oppose the Government’s cuts to our Fire Services, please add your name to my petition at https://www.davidcrausby.co.uk/blog/2019/02/06/fire-stations/