Sunderland Fire Station has been saved from closure after the submission of our 34,000-plus signature petition to Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority.
Responding to the announcement, Julie said:
“This is brilliant news for Sunderland. The Fire Authority made a mistake when they decided to close the station but they have done the right thing today by listening to the people of Sunderland and announcing that the station will not shut.
“Our city has been united in opposition to the station closure and I want to take this opportunity to thank the people of Sunderland for their support. Our city faces a safer future because of their actions.
“We are absolutely right to celebrate today’s announcement, however, we must not forget that fire service provision is at risk under this Government. Since David Cameron came to office, 39 Fire Stations have been shut across the country, there are hundreds fewer fire engines in service and 5,000 firefighters’ jobs have been cut.”
Central Government funding to Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority has been cut by 35% since 2010.