MORLEY Fire Station looks set to be saved from closure, although it will no longer be fully manned 24 hours a day.
West Yorkshire Fire Authority has performed a U-turn on recommendations to close the station after record levels of public feedback were submitted during its recent consultation on fire service reform across the county.
The original recommendation put forward by Chief Fire Officer Simon Pilling was to close both Morley and Hunslet fire stations and merge them at a site inbetween the two, with the area close to the White Rose Centre mentioned as a likely location.
However, today the Fire Authority has published revised proposals after the public consultation and it is recommending that both Hunslet and Morley remain open in their current locations, with one fire engine removed from Hunslet.
A report says that changing the staffing system at Morley to day crewing - a duty system that provides cover to a fire station during the day and requires firefighters to live within five minutes of the station for incident response at night - would prove more cost effective than closing the stations.
The 12-week consultation saw thousands of letters of objection sent to the Fire Authority by Morley residents concerned about how the loss of the town’s station would affect fire response times.
Councillors sitting on the West Yorkshire Fire Authority will now consider the new proposals at its next meeting on December 21.
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