PROPOSED major alterations to firefighting in South Derbyshire look set to continue years of chopping and changing to provisions in the area.
Bosses at Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service yesterday outlined a consultation over a radical restructure that would see Melbourne Fire Station closed, Swadlincote Fire Station maned by on-call firefighters and a new station built in Hilton.
However, this latest announcement is just one in a string that have impacted fire crews in the area.
In 2010, it was revealed that Swadlincote Fire Station would move from being a three day staffed station to a full-time station.
It was previously open from 8am to 6pm with retained firefighters on call outside these hours.
The plans went ahead despite massive public pressure which included a 20,000 name petition against the proposal.
But, only three years after the plans were put into action, fire chiefs now look destined to return the station to its status as an ‘on-call’ site by 2022 if plans are approved.
Swadlincote would receive the majority of cover from a new station in Hilton and a major hub station in Derby.
Another major talking point relating is the axe currently hanging over Moira Fire Station.
Despite being run by Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, the station responds to a high amount of calls in South Derbyshire.
It was set to close but was afforded a stay of execution until the end of 2014, when its operations will be taken over by a new fire station in Castle Donington.
Campaigners have always felt the stations closure could have a massive impact on response times across both sides of the border.
More information is available at www.derbys-fire.gov.uk