“There are many large older buildings across High Peak, including many that are open to the public and this fire engine would help ensure that any fire is dealt with quickly.
“I understand that the current vehicle is in good condition and it could be bought for £3000, with annual running costs of £5,000 – this a small price to pay to protect people and our historic buildings.
“Several fire fighters have contacted me, to stress the need to retain the ALP in Buxton because of the problems of getting an ALP to High Peak from Chesterfield or Manchester.
“After meeting local fire chiefs, they agreed to include purchasing the ALP as an option to go to the Fire Authority meeting on September 27.
“I’ve also had letters of support from Trevor Osborne (The Crescent), University of Derby, Health and Safety Executive, Howard Town Mill and Buxton Opera House.”
They all have significant concerns about the proposed removal of the ALP and have backed Ruth’s call for the specialist engine to be retained.
You can sign Ruth’s petition on her website: https://ruthforhighpeak.co.uk/campaigns/local/join-my-campaign-to-save-high-peaks-high-reach-fire-engine/ or at her Buxton office.