Savings could mean fire service job cuts

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FIRE service changes which could save up to £1.6m are going out to consultation.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (WSFRS) wants residents and businesses to give their views on proposals which would mean all fire stations remain open but staff numbers, including firefighters, would be cut.

The proposals would change the way fire engines are crewed and introduce new shift patterns.

Councillor Lionel Barnard, West Sussex County Council’s cabinet member for residents’ services said: ‘We want to meet residents face to face in the community to talk about the proposed changes and to find out what local people think.

‘Demand has changed and the types of incidents the service attends have also changed. We need to position the service to give the best response within the resources we have available.

‘Above all we want to make the people of Sussex safer by changing the way West Sussex Fire and Rescue service operates in the future.’

Go to surveymonkey.com/s/FFR2015 for online questionnaire. Or write to Have Your Say, Future Fire Rescue, Freepost RSBK-CHTU-KGGG WSCC, Chichester, PO19 1RQ.