Fire chiefs’ cuts fear

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

FIRE chiefs took their con­cerns over fund­ing to the Cam­bridgeshire ser­vice to the House of Com­mons yes­ter­day.

Fire ser­vices bosses, who have to find £4.2 mil­lion in sav­ings, met with a num­ber of MPS from around the county, in­clud­ing Peter­bor­ough MP Ste­wart Jack­son, Steve Bar­clay and Ju­lian Hup­pert.

Among the fire ser­vice team were Gra­ham Stagg, chief fire of­fi­cer, plus other se­nior of­fi­cers and Roy Pe­gram, chair­man of the Cam­bridgeshire and Peter­bor­ough Fire Au­thor­ity. They were ac­com­pa­nied by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Fire Bri­gades Union.

Af­ter­wards, Mr Stagg, said: “This is the third time we have met with lo­cal MPS on this sub­ject over the past year and we feel it is time well spent.

“It is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant that our lo­cal MPS un­der­stand the im­pact that the bud­get cuts are hav­ing on Cam­bridgeshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice and also that they un­der­stand how and why we are plan­ning to im­ple­ment those cuts.

“Thanks to past meet­ings, our MPS have been able to raise the pro­file of CFRS and how it is strug­gling to meet bud­get cuts.

“The sup­port of our lo­cal MPS can only help our bat­tle to seek a fairer fund­ing ar­range­ment in fu­ture years.”

Fire chiefs will out­line their spend­ing plans to Cam­bridgeshire and Peter­bor­ough Fire Au­thor­ity at a meet­ing on Thurs­day.

They fear that if cuts of more than £4.2 mil­lion have to be made work will have to start to re­duc­ing front­line ser­vices.”

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