Recommendations going before the fire authority ...
MEMBERS of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority will consider the following recommendations when it meets on Thursday:
To agree the implementation of a “five watch shift system”, saving £900,000.
Note the savings already made and approve proposed reductions in support functions, such as administrations, handypersons and catering, which would provide the rest of the savings (some £1,2 4,000) in time for April 2012.
Delay making any decision to close Thorney and Gamlingay Fire Stations until December.
Delay making any decision to remove an appliance from Ely until December.
And, subject to the results of the financial settlement in December requiring cuts in excess of £4.2 million, then:
Agree to remove an appliance at St Ives, Ramsey and Soham fire stations.
Agree to combine Swaffham and Burwell fire stations, to be based at Burwell.
Agree to close Manea Fire Station.
Remove two rescue vehicles from Cambridgeshire, leaving one remaining, but with upgrades to ensure that fire engines carry additional rescue equipment to mitigate any subsequent risk. A further business case would be developed to determine which rescue vehicles would be removed.