Fire cover for Harrogate district under review

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Emergency fire service cover across the whole of the Harrogate district and North Yorkshire is to be subject to a full review.

The number of fire engines in use, where stations are located, and how they are staffed is to be assessed by North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (NYFRS).

The goal is to balance costs and resources at a time when the fire service has seen the number of emergency calls it receives drop by a third in the past 10 years.

Public meetings are now to be held in Harrogate as the service calls for feedback on reviews to stations in Harrogate, Ripon, Masham, Knaresborough and Summerbridge.

“Before we start the review we want to gather feedback on how we are proposing to undertake it and what we should consider within it,” a spokesman said, adding that surveys have been set up online. “We will also be at various public venues over the coming weeks so please feel free to come over for a chat if you see us.”

There has been a 32 per cent reduction in calls in the last 10 years, a statement said, while firefighters are being called out to more weather related incidents like floods.

As a response to this change, and looking to deliver savings because of “financial constraints”, the review is to assess the last five year’s worth of incidents, looking at how crews responded and where stations would best serve the county.

l The consultation is begin April 28, with meetings in Harrogate on Friday, April 25. See next week’s Advertiser for a full report on the proposals.