CAMPAIGNERS will be out in force this weekend in a bid to stop Sunderland Fire Station closing.
As part of the Echo’s Hold Fire campaign, Julie Elliott MP will be out with her team collecting signatures on a petition urging Tyne and Wear Fire Authority to review plans to axe the station.
The Sunderland Central MP has teamed up with the Echo in a bid to stop the Railway Row station closing as the fire brigade tries to make multimillion-pound savings in the face of Government cuts.
Almost 4,000 people have already put their names on the petition and campaigners will be in Park Lane in the city centre on Saturday collecting more signatures.
Union bosses today urged more Wearsiders to put their names to the fight.
Dave Taylor, Fire Brigade Union North East regional secretary, said: “A lot of people in Sunderland still don’t realise they are in danger of losing the station.
“There has been a fire station in Sunderland city centre since 1908 and they’re trying to take that away. People need to wake up and contact their local politicians about this. We need a fire station here and we need to make our voices heard.”
Bosses at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWF&RS) argue the city centre can be adequately covered from outlying stations including Fulwell, Farringdon and Washington.
But the FBU claim response times will inevitably be longer should there be a major fire in the city centre.