Eastwood fire station saved

COST-CUTTING measures have been finalised for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and Eastwood station will definitely remain open.

The service began looking at how to save £4.9m in its budget over the next two years last December, and there were fears Eastwood station could close down along with several others.

Along with Stapleford, Eastwood was identified as an area that could ‘share’ services from neighbouring stations across the border in Derbyshire.

However, following a public consultation the Fire Authority decided to save the station – a move which was ratified at a meeting this week.

A spokesman said: “The consequences of the agreements reached today will see the number of wholetime firefighters increased by eight, and the number of retained firefighters reduced by approximately 60 – 70 posts.

“The changes will be phased in and will save the Authority approximately £800,000 per year.”