MULTICULTURAL groups from across Wearside have come together to support the Echo’s bid to save the city centre’s fire station.
Sunderland Together is made up of all sectors of the community and aims to celebrate the diversity of the area.
Today, backing our Hold Fire campaign, they group united in saying: “Fire shows no prejudice”.
Efforts have been underway since the beginning of the year when Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority announced plans to close Sunderland Central Fire Station in a drive to make savings of more than £8million.
Among those forming part of Sunderland Together are representatives from Sunderland Minster, Young Asian Voices, Unison, the GMB, and the Fire Brigade’s Union (FBU).
Gordon Chalk, from the FBU, said: This was our chance to come together and support the campaign as well as showing how we are here to show unity across the city.
“Every sector of the Sunderland community would be affected by the closure of the fire station. Fire shows no prejudice and that’s the message we want to get across.” Just this week the Echo reported how a family 61-year-old Hasina Khatun and her mother Asia, 84, were alerted to a fire in the loft of their home in St Mark’s Road, Millfield, by a smoke alarm.
The family say the help and support they received from crews at Sunderland Central was pivotal. They, along with more than 12,000 other people, have now joined the Echo’s campaign.
Bosses at Tyne and Wear Fire and Service (TWF&RS) argue the city centre can be adequately covered by outlying stations and there is a decreasing number of incidents being attended by the central station.
Mr Chalk added: “Each of our members has taken away an Echo petition to be signed and we would urge others to do the same.”