Fire ser­vice ‘worst case sce­nario’ ap­proved

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK&WORLD UPDATE -

plan: Chris Strick­land. A SE­RIES of po­ten­tial cuts to the fire ser­vice in Cam­bridgeshire, should gov­ern­ment fund­ing re­duce fur­ther, have been ap­proved.

Cam­bridgeshire Fire Au­thor­ity yes­ter­day agreed a se­ries of con­tin­gency plans should the amount of money the ser­vice has to save rises from the £4.2 mil­lion cur­rently pro­jected.

In the “worst case sce­nario” in which the sav­ings in­crease to more than £6 mil­lion, it would likely re­sult in the loss of 25 posts through nat­u­ral waste, due to a change in the shift sys­tem across the county.

Fur­ther changes that would fol­low in­clude the loss of 35 jobs in ad­min­is­tra­tion, cater­ing and care­tak­ing de­part­ments.

The ser­vice is ex­pect­ing to hear of its fi­nan­cial set­tle­ment for 2013/14 in De­cem­ber, and if it means it has to make sav­ings above £5.18 mil­lion, it could re­sult in the clo­sure of Manea Fire Sta­tion.

Any worse than this and the ser­vice will then con­sider a busi­ness case to close Thor­ney Fire Sta­tion.

Chris Strick­land, deputy chief fire of­fi­cer for the ser­vice, said: “The ser­vice must plan now for the ‘worst case sce­nario’ and be ready to im­ple­ment this quickly if needed to make sure it can make the sav­ings in time.

“Thanks to the fire au­thor­ity’s de­ci­sions to­day, the ser­vice will now be able to do this.”

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