Ruth George MP responds to Glossop Fire Station announcement

Responding to Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service’s announcement about the future of Glossop Fire Station, Ruth George MP said: “I am disappointed that the Fire Authority voted to replace night-time and weekend cover at Glossop Fire Station with on-call firefighters and to sell off firefighters’ homes from around the fire station.

“I’ve been working with local firefighters and the FBU to oppose the changes and recently met the Chief Fire Officer to make the case. He admitted that on-call firefighters don’t provide enough cover for one engine at weekends now, let alone the two that will be needed so he promised not to implement the changes until safe cover levels could be provided.

“I will hold him to that promise.

“We’ve also been promised that the homes won’t be sold off for 3 years but I’m very sorry for the firefighters and their families who will have to find alternative accommodation.

“Last week’s vote on Glossop Fire Station was a huge blow to everyone, not least to the firefighters who will lose their homes. It was a great tribute to them that Glossop firefighters were out at the weekend, doing a charity car wash for a colleague who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. The cars of High Peak definitely look a look brighter after the weekend.

“I am continuing to work with Glossop firefighters and their union as they look to negotiate changes to their shift patterns.”