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Thursday, 28 May 2015

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Tynedale: Stations spared in fire service cuts

A DOZEN full time firefighter posts could be lost in the coming year as Northumberland fire and rescue service makes savings of more than £1m.

But there will be no loss of fire engines and fire stations, as is happening in neighbouring Tyne and Wear.

That was the assurance this week from deputy leader of Northumberland County Council, Coun. David Ledger.

He said: “There are proposals to save just over £1m over the next financial year from the Northumberland fire and rescue service budget.

“This would be achieved, among other savings, by a restructuring of the service, including reducing 12 full-time firefighter posts through natural wastage.

“However there are no plans to reduce service delivery and there will be no closure of fire stations or loss or fire engines.

“The people of Northumberland would not see any change to the service they receive.”

There was no indication which fire stations could be affected by the loss of manpower.

Coun. Ledger stressed no decisions had yet been made and these proposals will be considered by the full council in February.