Future of fire station under threat after review of cover

Snainton Fire Station, operated by retained firefighters, threatened with closure by North Yorks Fire and Recue Service.  Picture by Andrew Higgins   sn122558b
Snainton Fire Station, operated by retained firefighters, threatened with closure by North Yorks Fire and Recue Service. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122558b

A local fire station is facing closure following a review of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s fire and emergency cover.

Fire chiefs are looking into the viability of Snainton Fire Station, in High Street, and whether it should be closed and its retained firefighters redeployed elsewhere.

The recommendation was approved at a meeting of the North Yorkshire Fire Authority last week.

Chief fire officer Nigel Hutchinson says the potential closure is not a money-saving exercise but the result of a review into fire cover requirements for the Snainton area brought about by the current station having reached the end of its serviceable life.

A consultation is open to all from Monday and will last for a minimum of 12 weeks, he said, with no firm decisions to be taken until all responses have been considered by the Fire Authority at its December meeting.

“The outcomes of an in-depth review of fire cover requirements in the Snainton area has concluded that a Fire Station at Snainton is not required to meet the needs of the community risk profile and that appropriate fire cover is already available from Sherburn, Pickering or Scarborough fire stations,” said Mr Hutchinson.

“Given this conclusion, I could not justify making a recommendation to the Fire Authority that it commits scarce financial resources to maintaining what amounts to an over provision of service. I would wish to make it crystal clear that the recommendation is in no way a reflection on the local crew which performs very well.” Information will be available on www.northyorksfire.gov.uk or by calling 01609 780150 from Monday.