Humberside Fire and Rescue could lose three fire engines in budget cutbacks

Published: Thursday 7th January 2016 by KCFM

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Three East Riding fire engines could be lost as Humberside Fire and Rescue tries to save £1 million from its 2016/17 budget.

A consultation to decide what the council tax precept for the service should be for the next financial year ends tomorrow.

Richard Walker, brigade secretary for the Humberside Fire Brigades’ Union, says an increase, could save frontline services:

“A 1.9% rise, which is a maximum they’re allowed, without holding a referendum, would raise £376,000; now that’s more than all the cuts to the retained stations, across the East Riding, would save. So that would raise enough money to save all of those potential retained cuts.”

He explains what might be cut if the precept isn’t increased: “The possibilities are to remove one engine from either Market Weighton or Brough, to remove an engine from Hornsea and to remove from Withernsea. So potentially in the East Riding, we could lose three retained fire appliances.”

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Published: Thursday 7th January 2016 by KCFM

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