Final decision on future of Oakham fire station due

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A final decision will be made next week on the future of Oakham Fire Station, following a last minute bid from Rutland County Council to save it.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service will make a final decision this Monday on the proposed axing of one of the town fire engines at Oakham station, after deferring the decision at its previous meeting.

The proposal will also included the axing of the 10 retained fire crew who man the fire engine, and reducing the number of fire fighters on the remaining appliance to four from five.

The fire authority deferred making a decision on the future of Oakham station at the last meeting held on February 11, to allow the council a chance to discuss funding opportunities.

Rutland County Council has agreed to offer £75,000 to Leicestershire Fire and Rescue for the next two years to preserve frontline services, as part of its council tax consultation for 2015/16.

Coun Roger Begy, leader of Rutland County Council said: “The council has made provisions within its 2015/16 budget to support Leicestershire Fire Service by offering £75,000 funding in each of the next two financial years, to preserve frontline services in Rutland.

“The county may be small but there are significant risks within its boundaries. Our offer of financial support is based on the condition that Rutland retains both its fire stations and the current number of appliances, staffed by one full time crew and two retained crews.

“We look forward to hearing the fire service’s evaluation and details of any alternative proposals they may have.”

The meeting next week comes following the aim to reduce a £7.5m funding gap for the fire and rescue service over the next five years.

The fire authority has already gone ahead with its other cost-cutting plans, which includes removing a fire engine from Loughborough and one from Leicester city.

The Integrated Risk Management Plan lays out the plans for Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service for the next five years.

The service consulted on its proposals between October and December.

The proposals said Rutland is a ‘relatively low risk area in terms of the number of incidents’ and advised that adequate cover would be available.