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Cuts to fire cover to be reversed

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Labour councillor Danny Myers’ two-year fight against cuts to Fire Service crews was finally won this week.

On Wednesday the North Yorkshire Fire Authority voted unanimously to return to four firefighters on each engine at all day-crewed stations in North Yorkshire

The authority had originally voted to cut the number of crew needed to two but Myers, the leader of the Labour Group on the authority, pointed out that ‘I have spoken many times about the moral implications for staff of a Tactical Response Vehicle attending a house fire as the first attender is unable to safely mobilise breathing apparatus.

‘From 2013 to 2016 we saw a massive five times increase in cover moves/redeployments. In 2013 there were a total of 196 redeployments but in 2016 that figure was 1,034, which to me shows there is a growing problem with appliance availability to which the solution is the recruitment of full time firefighters.

‘As Leader of the Labour Group I wrote to all North Yorks MPs with changes to their stations earlier this year and whilst only half responded, they were all in favour of a reversal of the Fire Cover Review crewing element.’

(Picture, Left to right) Simon Wall, North Yorkshire FBU Chair, Steve Howley, NY FBU secretary, Alan McLean, FBU president, Ian Murray, FBU vice president, Danny Myers, Labour Councillor, and North Yorkshire Labour councillor, Anthony Randerson.

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