Save Dronfield Fire Station!
Dronfield Fire Station is threatened with closure.Derbyshire Fire and Rescue are consulting on closing nine fire stations in total and Dronfield is one of them. Dronfield’s Fire Station is the highest performing station in Derbyshire. It has protected our community for years.
Natascha Engel together with Dronfield’s Councillor Graham Baxter, Labour Leader, North East Derbyshire District Council and our County Councillor Janet Hill are campaigning to save Dronfield Fire Station.
There are other stations in North East Derbyshire affected like Staveley and Clay Cross as well as the knock-on of the proposal to move Chesterfield Fire Station. I am opposed to this closure programme and am not convinced that it is necessary.
Dronfield Fire Station serves a very large number of people in North East Derbyshire. I oppose its closure because
- Up to 40,000 people living in and around Dronfield will have reduced fire cover. 80% of Dronfield would not be covered within the 10 minute target.
- Dronfield Woodhouse, Holmesfield and Coal Aston will be worst affected with fire crews taking longer to respond to emergency calls.
- Dronfield is home to big industry like Gunstone’s, William Lee, and Dunston (check these spellings and find out what other big industry there is – also find out how often Dronfield is called out to them).
- Dronfield has a large number of high rise flats.
- Dronfield has one of the largest secondary schools in Derbyshire and a further seven infant and junior schools.
- Dronfield Fire Station is close to the railway line and the Dronfield bypass so our fire crews can respond quickly to any major incident.
The consultation closes on 23 December so we don’t have much time. We need as many people as possible to tell Derbyshire Fire and Rescue that we want to keep our fire stations open.
The consultation isn’t easy to fill in but please have a go. Visit www.derbyshirefire.gov.uk/have-your-say .
When answering question 16 about where you live, Dronfield is not listed. You need to select North East Derbyshire.
Write a letter to say you want your fire stations kept open to:
Fit to Respond Survey
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service
Derby DE23 9BR
Sign the online petition at www.nataschaengelmp.org.uk
- Like the Facebook page ‘Save Your Fire Station’.
- Sign the online petition at http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-derbyshire-fire-rescue-service-cuts
- Encourage others to support the campaign.
- Write a letter to the local press telling them your views.