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Fire service future
11:00am Monday 30th December 2013 in News
THERE are just over three weeks left to have your say on the future of the fire service that will see cuts to front-line staff.
The public consultation on Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service’s draft Community Risk Management Plan ends on January 10.
The proposals include significant changes to the service in order to save about £2 million on frontline operations.
Overall, about 140 jobs are at risk, and in Worcester it could mean losing one of the station’s two full-time fire engine crews, leaving only a single fulltime crew as a first instance response.
Councillor Derek Prodger, chairman of Hereford & Worcester Fire Authority, said: “The Fire Authority is facing a very challenging financial position over the next few years and clearly recognises that difficult decisions have to be taken in the future.
“Since 2010/11, £2.5 million of savings have been made without affecting the service that communities receive from their local fire stations, but the £4.7 million is an additional saving requirement.
“It is anticipated that approximately £2.7m of the additional savings can be found from further changes to back office and support functions.
“However, the scale of the savings required will inevitably mean some changes to the frontline.” .
Responses from the official consultation questionnaire will be collated into a report which will go before the Fire Authority on February 19 next year.
Proposals can be read in full at hwfire.org.uk/consultation where an online questionnaire can also be completed.
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