Morley Fire Station: thank you for sending me your views

As you can see from previous blogs, I’ve been seeking the views of constituents on possible changes to emergency cover by the Fire Service in West Yorkshire.

The analysis of my consultation reveals:

  • 86% of those who responded thought any cuts to the fire service should be spread across the whole of the county.
  • The overwhelming majority (70%) felt their top priority for keeping people safe was lowest possible response times.

If the current proposals go through unchanged survey respondees were most concerned about the time it would take fire fighters to arrive at an incident and putting public safety at risk.

On the specific proposal to merge Morley and Hunslet fire stations – many people (39%) felt that it was worth looking at other ideas such as keeping both stations but with one less engine and a further 26% felt a new station may not save money. 17% felt it might be acceptable if response times meant public safety would be maintained. Only 4% felt it was a sensible decision.

It is clear from my consultation that public safety must be the number one priority and any changes have to be fair and seen to be fair across the country. I  recognise that West Yorkshire Fire Service is under enormous pressure with cuts to its budget but even in these difficult circumstances the views of local people must be taken on board.

Thank you to everyone who responded to my consultation. Your views are clear; the cuts to fire services must be fairly distributed between different fire authorities and the proposed increased response times for the Morley area will jeopardise public safety.

In the next couple of days I’ll be taking these views, along with those from my meetings with fire fighters and the West Yorkshire fire and rescue service to formulate my formal response to the consultation and I will be opposing the proposed merger of Morley and Hunslet fire stations on grounds of public safety.

The deadline for the West Yorkshire Fire Service consultation is Friday 30th November. Anyone can submit a response to :

Hannah Stoneman, Consultation Co-ordinator, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority, Oakroyd Hall, Bradford Road, Birkenshaw BD11 2DY or email consultation@westyorksfire.gov.uk

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Posted November 28th, 2012 by Ed

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