Have your say on future of ambulance stations
East Midlands Ambulance Service bosses are today launching a public consultation on the closure of ambulance stations.
The service plans to replace 66 ambulance stations across the region with community posts – in police, fire or other health care buildings – and standby points in various locations.
There would also be two "super-stations'' in Leicestershire, which would be bases for clinical and support staff, where ambulance crews will start their shifts and collect their vehicles.
Emas bosses say the changes would improve response times and ensure the correct level of skilled clinicians attend each call.
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Chief executive Phil Milligan said: "We are committed to being the best ambulance service we can be, and we know we need to fundamentally improve the way we work to achieve this. We're really keen to hear everyone's thoughts and ideas on these proposals, and help us to shape our future."
Medical director Dr James Gray said: "Our buildings are in need of major repairs and refurbishment, with an estimated cost of £13 million needed to put them right. Fifty years after some of them were built, some are not in the best place to allow us to respond quickly, nor are they based in the right places to achieve the most effective service.
"Our emergency vehicles are our mobile emergency treatment centres. The more money we can spend on our vehicles and our frontline colleagues, the better."
The consultation runs until December 17. For details, ring 0800 917 9911, or visit: