Update on Morley Fire Station

Our local campaign to protect Morley Fire Station continues. I’ve been meeting regularly with local councillors as well as fire chiefs in recent months to ensure local concerns are heard. Before Christmas we had the welcome news that Morley Fire Station would remain in its current location and wouldn’t move out of the town. But the devil of that announcement was very much in the detail. So although Morley Fire Station would stay put, plans were announced to put the station on day crewing, along with other stations at nearby Rothwell and over in Garforth too.

Local Morley councillors and I are concerned about this change. Firstly we are worried that this was a proposal that was never part of the original consultation on changes at the fire station. Secondly we don’t want Morley to be singled out for a worse service than other parts of Leeds. Thirdly, and most importantly, we were worried it might put public safety at risk.

Councillors Dawson, Finnigan, Varley and I have met with the Chief Fire Officer to seek his assurances on our concerns. We’ve also met regularly with local fire fighters to hear their side of things. And we’re still concerned that any changes here in Morley shouldn’t be rushed through, before they’ve been properly tested.

Public safety is paramount. Local councillors and I are all working closely together in order to put the campaign for fire safety for the people of Morley and the surrounding areas first. In the coming weeks we’ll be meeting with the Chair of the Fire Authority and the Chief Fire Officer again to re-state our concerns. We will all continue to keep local people informed.

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Posted June 11th, 2013 by Ed