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PLANS to slash a fire service’s budget by £1.6m and reduce firefighter posts have been announced.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has laid out proposals for the 2015/2016 budget but officials say it will not affect responses to emergencies.

The plan includes changing shift patterns at fire stations, including Chichester and Bognor, where there would be three fewer firefighters at each station.

There would still be 24-hour cover.

The plans includes investing £220,000 in buying equipment to help deal with weather-related calls.

Chief Fire Officer Sean Ruth said: ‘The number of emergency calls we receive has fallen, and the types of incident we respond to has changed. We need to adapt our service to reflect this.’