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Staffordshire firefighter posts to be reduced

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority will discuss plans this morning to reduce the number of firefighter posts.

The service is facing a £4 million reduction in its budget by 2020.

With staff costs accounting for 70% of its budget, a report being considered today suggests reducing "wholetime crewing" by January 2018, but without changing work patterns or reducing how many firefighters on each appliance.

Newcastle would lose nearly half of its firefighters, with staff levels being cut from 44 to 24 over two years. Some would be moved to other stations.

Hanley would lose 8 staff this year under the plans.

 

The reductions at the two sites are due to the decision to remove Targeted Response Vehicles, after a fall in the number of call outs they were required to attend.

The plans would be carried out as staff are due to retire, preventing the need for redundancies.

The reduction is set to result in total savings of £1.6 million.

 

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