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Protestors ignite campaign against Sunderland fire station closure

Sunderland firefighters Eddie Harrison and Gordon Chalk, right, in Sunderland Market Square handing out leaflets about the plans to close the Central Fire Station.

Sunderland firefighters Eddie Harrison and Gordon Chalk, right, in Sunderland Market Square handing out leaflets about the plans to close the Central Fire Station.

FIREFIGHTERS campaigning against the proposed closure of Sunderland’s central fire station have taken to the streets.

The Echo revealed in October that axing the Railway Row station is one of the possibilities on the table as the Tyne and Wear Fire Authority looks to trim more than £5million from its frontline budgets.

A public consultation on the plans ends on New Year’s Day and the Fire Brigade Union is urging people not to miss out on the chance to have their say.

Union members were out in the city centre yesterday and will be delivering leaflets to homes in areas affected by the plan over the next few days.

“The response from members of the public was excellent,” said spokesman Gordon Chalk.

“We handed out about 2,000 leaflets.”

To make your feelings known, take part in the survey at the service’s website www.twfire.gov.uk, email to consultation@twfire.gov.uk, call 444 1529 or write to: Freepost RLZH-ZZYU-LJUJ, Development and Review, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, Barmston Mere, Nissan Way, Sunderland SR5 3QY.

 

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