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North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are proposing severe cuts to fire stations across the region as part of the Fire Cover Review.

Public and fire-fighter safety is under threat with proposed reductions to the number of full-time fire-fighters and the replacing of fire engines by smaller tactical response vehicles.

  • Full-time fire-fighters are to be reduced by over 25%
  • Immediate high-rise rescue capabilities for hotels & businesses will be lost
  • The number of fire engines in Harrogate are to be halved
  • 46 immediate response fire engines will be reduced to 27 in an already over-stretched service
  • Emergency response times will be increased, putting both the public and fire-fighters at risk

Harrogate Socialists campaigned in the town centre today against the proposed cuts and hundreds of signatures were obtained for the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) petition.


The FBU petition can still be signed online at the following link:


The FBU have also launched a website to highlight the detrimental impact of the cuts and the threat posed to public safety:


To participate in the consultation and oppose the changes to all fire stations, please fill in the following North Yorkshire Fire services consultation questionnaire:


Harrogate Socialist Party street stall – Saturday 24th October


Harrogate Socialists are holding a further street stall in support of the FBU on Saturday 24th October. The stall will take place on Cambridge Street (near Primark) in the town centre, beginning at 11.00 and finishing around 1.00. All welcome!

Dave Nellist to speak in Leeds – Tuesday 27th October

Dave Nellist is the National Chair of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC). He was the Labour MP for the constituency of Coventry South East from 1983 to 1992 but was expelled from the Labour Party in 1991 due to his support for the Militant Tendency, now the Socialist Party.

Dave will be speaking in Leeds on Tuesday 27th October. The meeting will take place at Leeds Beckett University and starts at 6.00pm. Harrogate Socialists are attending the meeting and transport to and from Leeds is available. If you would like to attend the meeting then please contact harrogatesocialists[at]gmail.com