Labour Councillors on the Tyne & Wear fire authority recently voted to save Wallsend fire station from closure after Tyne & Wear Fire chiefs initially agreed to cuts that would have seen the loss of the fire station on Hadrian road, Wallsend.
The original decision to close Wallsend fire station was taken as Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service faced making cuts of over £5 million pounds.
Emergencies currently covered by the modern Fire station were earmarked to be covered by a new station to be built in Longbenton, Newcastle Upon Tyne, with the obvious disruption this might have created to members of the Wallsend public.
Labour’s candidate in Wallsend ward Matthew Thirlaway is quoted on the Labour party website as saying.
“I am delighted that the fire authority has reversed its decision to close Wallsend fire station, This is despite the authority facing £14 million worth of cuts over 7 years which amoount to 35% of its budget from the coalition government.
With the developments that Mayor Redfearn and the labour group are continually backing along the North bank of the Tyne it was crucial our heavy industries are protected with the saftey of having the fire station in the middle of the development.”