Humberside Fire and Rescue hope further funding cuts won’t affect their service

Published: Thursday 2nd July 2015 by KCFM

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It’s expected Chancellor George Osborne will announce a further £4m worth of cuts to fire services over the next three years.

There’s concerns the number of firefighters in Hull and East Yorkshire could take a hit once again, as further funding cuts are expected to be confirmed next week.

Chancellor George Osborne could tell the fire service that they have to make a further £4m worth of savings over the next three years.

But Humberside fire and rescue’s pledging to maintain response times and not fully close any stations, although their role could change.

Chief Fire Officer Dene Sanders hopes they can reduce fire fighter numbers through “natural wastage” instead:

“People will be aware that we haven’t recruited to the service in Humberside for over seven years, and that trend is likely to continue. We do have quite a reasonable turnover of staff, so anymore that we need to lose we should be able to lose by that method, but I can’t say that for all sectors of the organisation.”

He doesn’t think more cuts, especially to staff, will mean they’ll take longer to respond to emergencies:

“Our standards of service which are effectively our response standard, or the time it takes us to reach an emergency, they are our line in the sand, and that will remain so. But of course, if the cuts to the budget are so severe that that can’t be maintained, then a different conversation will have to be had.”

The Chief Fire Officer says unfortunately they’ll have to look to save money from back office functions:

“Obviously that’s where we’ll look first, then we’ll revisit our frontline to see if there’s anywhere we can squeeze that, but we went through quite an extensive programme two or three years ago at operation and there’s not a lot left to look at there. But obviously, we may need to revisit that.”

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Published: Thursday 2nd July 2015 by KCFM

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