Village is left without station after 74 years

Snainton fire station closed on Easter Sunday 31st March 2013, members of the last crew had a photo taken names L-R are Paul Nicholson, Mike Horsley, Mark Welburn, Mike Eyre, James Risker and Robert Corney.

Snainton fire station closed on Easter Sunday 31st March 2013, members of the last crew had a photo taken names L-R are Paul Nicholson, Mike Horsley, Mark Welburn, Mike Eyre, James Risker and Robert Corney.

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The red sliding doors of Snainton’s Fire Station have closed for the final time as the crew signs off from its last shift.

The station has been awaiting the axe since the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority announced it would be closing in December last year.

the first crew at Snainton in 1939 names L-R are W Hart, L Johnson, T Barnes, E Stones, G Spriggett, Cowton, P Holc, C Stephenson and J Boyes.

the first crew at Snainton in 1939 names L-R are W Hart, L Johnson, T Barnes, E Stones, G Spriggett, Cowton, P Holc, C Stephenson and J Boyes.

Easter Sunday saw the last ever shift for the crew of six who have been manning the station, which was identified by the fire authority as covering a “low risk” area.

Although the authority claimed its decision was not made on a cost cutting basis, the closure is expected to save £128,000 a year.

To mark the closure Snainton’s crew posed for a photograph in front of their engine, mimicking a picture taken of the village’s first fire crew in 1939.

Watch manager Rob Corney, 45, who has worked as a retained firefighter at the station since he was 18, said: “We fought as much as we could to keep the station, but we could only do our best and the writing was pretty much on the wall.

“It was a sad day on Sunday. We all decided to get together for a photo, which we usually do when someone leaves.

“It was a bit weird thinking we were getting together because the station is closing.

“The machines have gone and the station is all boarded up so its quite visible that its closed now.

“It was a sad day to see the fire station close and the crew would like to say thanks to all the public that gave their support to keep the station open.”

Mr Corney is the only of the six retained firefighters from Snainton to take redundancy, with the others finding work elsewhere in the area’s fire service.

Snainton’s turn out will now be covered by crews in Scarborough, Pickering and Sherburn.

Cllr David Jeffels, who joined the Fire Brigades Union in opposing the move, and raised the issue with the Rural Commission of which he is a member, said: “Unfortunately nationwide there are village fire stations that in the eyes of the fire authorities can be served by other fire stations.

“It still think it was a big mistake to close Snainton Fire Station. At the end of the day the service was manned by local fire fighters who knew the area intimately.

“They have performed an invaluable service for many years and I think it is a very sad thing that it has closed.

“I just hope we don’t live to see the day when an incident happens and someone says what a pity we didn’t have Snainton fire station. I would hate for that to happen.”