Fire service ‘worst case scenario’ approved
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.”