Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

£5.5m fire service cuts go out to consultation

PUBLISHED: 12:13 25 January 2013 | UPDATED: 12:14 25 January 2013

Archant

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority members have agreed a range of proposals to save £5.5million - which will now go to public consultation.

The service’s government grant has been reduced by 10.3 per cent in 2013 and a further 7.3 per cent in 2014.

This means it will lose £3.4million in the next financial year and a further £2.1million the following year.

Councillor Mark Healey, chairman of the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “We will now be keen to listen to staff and the public but whatever the outcome of the consultation, we still will need to save £5.5m. Closing fire stations is not where we want to be.”

Chief fire officer Lee Howell added: “These are difficult times and difficult decisions need to be made. The proposals that have been agreed for public consultation today do not require closure of fire stations, removal of fire engines or compulsory redundancies.

“We aim to maintain or improve public safety by changing the way we do business and by crewing some fire engines differently but like many other public and private organisations, we do have to operate with less money.”.

The consultation period will start on Monday (January 28) and end on April 22.

Proposals include an extended roll-out of light rescue pumps, reducing middle and senior management, investing more in preventative action and reducing support staff by at least 5 per cent by not renewing some fixed term contracts.

It is hoped more than £1m can be saved through greater efficiencies in back office support functions, improving procurement and managing spending.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 19:12

The black labrador’s owners held a coffee morning to raise money for the lifeboat after saving their pet in November.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:12

A Canadian student is looking to trace missing diaries and letters of a prominent trader.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:45

Firefighters from Ottery St Mary were called out to Aylesbeare after reports of a bonfire ‘out of control’.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:59

Sidmouth fire fighters were not among those hurt in a massive blaze on Woodbury Common, it has been confirmed.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:40

Anyone interested in a woman’s perspective on 19th century life in the Sid Valley can pick up a new book published by Sidmouth Museum.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:38

Fire crews were called out this morning (Monday, April 24) to a domestic fire in Exmouth.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:26

More pictures from the fire at Woodbury Common on Sunday, 23 April.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:32

Wildlife rangers are today starting to assess the impact of the major fire on Woodbury Common, the site of which includes a significant conservation area.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:49

Fire crews have begun dampening down a large scale fire on Woodbury Common – which covered nearly one-and-a-half-miles of moorland.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30

A collection box has been installed on Sidmouth seafront in an ‘urgent appeal’ to raise £3.3million for a scheme to tackle coastal erosion and prevent flooding.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 3°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications