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Fire service cuts not acceptable, says MP
4:10pm Monday 21st October 2013 in News
REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley has written to Fire Authority chairman Derek Prodger calling for a re-think on plans to re-configure front line fire services.
The MP attended a briefing by Herefordshire and Worcestershire chief fire officer Mark Yates and has been having briefings with senior officers.
Together with other county MPs Mrs Lumley is now urging the Fire Authority to re-think the cuts which threaten to weaken the fire services ability to deal with major incidents and provide standard levels of cover.
They have also written to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles asking for an improved grant settlement.
Mrs Lumley said: “As a group, Worcestershire MPs were briefed on the potential impact of budget cuts and the threat to a number of fire stations across the county.
“The proposed new service levels are not acceptable to us and we have asked the Fire Authority to have a re-think and look at other ways of making savings before considering this strategy.”
She added: “I, alongside other local MPs, will lobby the Minister in attempting to increase the grant settlement for the local fire service and we hope that the Fire Authority will respond positively to this challenge.”
In Redditch the cuts, intended to help save the service nearly £5m over three years, could mean removing an on-call engine to leave one whole time engine and one on-call engine saving £55,300.
It would cost six on-call Redditch firefighters their jobs.
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