Hopes of saving Shipley and Idle fire stations dashed

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Fire chiefs in West Yorkshire last night scotched rumours that closure-threatened Shipley and Idle fire stations could be saved from the axe by cutting staff and changing working rotas.

A discussion has taken place this week about ways of keeping the two fire stations open and a further meeting with the Fire Brigades’ Union was scheduled today, the Telegraph & Argus can reveal.

It is understood that there has been a suggestion that a change in shift systems, reducing four watches of six officers to two watches and restructuring working practices, could be a feasible method of retaining the stations, which are planned to be replaced with a new station possibly in the Canal Road area of Bradford if staff agree.

The two remaining watches would work alternate shifts of four solid days of 24 hours and then have four days off with budget hotel-style accomodation provided to allow the crews to sleep.

Lee Indricks, Fire Brigades’ Union secretary for the Bradford division, said he would be discussing the matter with management today.

“I have heard about this and will be having a meeting to sort out the details of any proposal,” Mr Indricks said yesterday. “As an alternative to closure of the two stations, it would be preferable to the Fire Brigades’ Union, although obviously this would not provide the same level of cover as before.”

West Yorkshire Fire Brigades’ Union secretary David Williams agreed that anything which could saved Shipley and Idle stations should be explored.

But last night Assistant Chief Officer Dave Walton said West Yorkshire Fire Authority had resolved last December to replace Shipley and Idle stations with a new single appliance retaining the current wholetime shift duty system to ensure immediate response 24 hours per day.

He added: “Nothing has happened to vary this resolution/proposal and the search for a suitable site is ongoing.

“Once this site is identified we will develop a project plan which will allow us to announce the date on which the new station will open.

“I am able to confirm that there is no truth whatsoever in the rumour that either Shipley or Idle fire stations will remain open beyond the building of the new station, whether that be on a different shift system or otherwise.

“Suggestions of hotel-style accommodation or redundancies are mis-informed.”

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7:12am Thu 5 Dec 13

Mik_e says...

Cuts to services, but senior officers are still provided with large cars, that costs thousands of pounds per year?
Cuts to services, but senior officers are still provided with large cars, that costs thousands of pounds per year? Mik_e

9:19am Thu 5 Dec 13

Bone_idle18 says...

How the hell can you make cuts at Idle, it's already a single engine station!

Maybe a couple of lads with fire-extinguishers.

Looks like Idle, Thackley and Shipley are going to struggle if there's actually a fire. One Engine is already too little for an area that size. We deserve better, there's a lot of council tax paid in the area, looks like it just goes to prop up the crappier parts of town.

Also, there's proposals for a massive housing development between Thackley and Shipley, so lots more council tax flooding in, lots more potential fires, but seems the Fire chiefs (funded by us) don't care about people safety!
How the hell can you make cuts at Idle, it's already a single engine station! Maybe a couple of lads with fire-extinguishers. Looks like Idle, Thackley and Shipley are going to struggle if there's actually a fire. One Engine is already too little for an area that size. We deserve better, there's a lot of council tax paid in the area, looks like it just goes to prop up the crappier parts of town. Also, there's proposals for a massive housing development between Thackley and Shipley, so lots more council tax flooding in, lots more potential fires, but seems the Fire chiefs (funded by us) don't care about people safety! Bone_idle18

9:44am Thu 5 Dec 13

freespeech says...

Here we go again! I am in favour of a stream-lined service. The world has changed, many homes and businesses are safer these days, and sustaining the current service is uneconomical, the tax payer does not get value for money. I see more stories about rescuing kittens from behind cookers and kids from getting their head stuck in railings than actual fire fighting calls. Face it, the call outs are dropping, and there is no need for such a larger fire response. Sleeping shifts are an utter disgrace in this age, how many other public workers get paid to sleep? WAKE UP! Accept change!
Here we go again! I am in favour of a stream-lined service. The world has changed, many homes and businesses are safer these days, and sustaining the current service is uneconomical, the tax payer does not get value for money. I see more stories about rescuing kittens from behind cookers and kids from getting their head stuck in railings than actual fire fighting calls. Face it, the call outs are dropping, and there is no need for such a larger fire response. Sleeping shifts are an utter disgrace in this age, how many other public workers get paid to sleep? WAKE UP! Accept change! freespeech

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