On Friday 14 December, I met with Chris Lowther, Chief Fire Officer for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and Chair of the Fire Authority, Cllr Barry Curran. We discussed further the worrying impact of proposed changes to the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

The proposed changes come as result of pressure to save millions of pounds due to government funding cuts. If the changes go ahead, at Farringdon Community Fire Station we will see one of our two fire engines being used as an ‘on-call’ engine only.

It’s important that local residents have their say on this issue by responding to the public consultation and sharing their views. The consultation has recently been extended to 28 January 2019, and I would urge that you respond here.

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