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WIDESPREAD cuts to the fire service in West Sussex are being proposed.

A public consultation is under way on a £2.5m cost-saving plan by West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.

No fire stations would close, but the number of support staff and managers could be reduced.

The number of on-call officers is also being reviewed, as well as the number of service vehicles.

The fire service had proposed to make the savings through a merger with East Sussex, but those plans were dropped due to uncertainties over funding.

The two services will however merge their control rooms next year in a move that will save an estimated £950,000 per year.

Sean Ruth, deputy county fire officer, said: ‘To make the level of savings required it will inevitably mean a reduction in posts, but I believe the areas we have identified for change mean we will still be able to deliver the right balance of community safety and emergency response services.’