Morley Fire Station: my column in the Morley Observer & Advertiser

Big question marks still hang over the future of our fire station here in Morley. Last Friday I joined forces with Labour and Independent Morley Councillors to pressurise local fire chiefs to deliver a way forward that will best protect public safety.

Before Christmas it had looked like good news when West Yorkshire Fire Service announced the station would remain in its current location. But since then I, along with other local campaigners, have been trying to decipher the small print. I’ve been in regular contact with bosses at West Yorkshire Fire Service and local fire fighters but there are still a number of unanswered questions.

The fire service’s new proposals are for day crewing at Morley Fire Station. This leaves serious questions about how all areas of Morley will be covered overnight. Fire fighters will either have to travel into the station from home if there are emergencies, or a fire engine from another station will cover emergency calls.

These new proposals were never included in the original proposal, so no one in Morley had a chance to have their say on them during the public consultation. I’m also confused about why the Fire Service are pushing through major changes to fire cover in Morley so quickly. They appear to be making budget cuts which go beyond those they are being asked to make by the Government in Westminster.

Serious questions remain unanswered. Local councillors and I are meeting urgently with the Chief Fire Officer to try and get some answers.

We’re all clear that the priority has to be protecting the public safety of people in Morley.

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Posted March 20th, 2013 by Ed