Chance to have your say on plans to axe town’s fire crew

Fire Engine on call
Fire Engine on call

RESIDENTS will have the chance to have their say over plans to axe a fire crew in their town.

A public meeting has been organised to discuss changes to fire cover in the borough and will take place at Edlington Victoria Primary School.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has announced a shake-up of its services as it attempts to address a funding shortfall from the Government which is expected to reach £10 million by 2015.

As part of the plans Edlington’s retained fire crew could be lost.

South Yorkshire Fire Authority has started a 14-week public consultation on the proposals.

The meeting will take place at the school in Victoria Road from 6pm on Monday, December 5.

A fire service spokesman said: “Members and officers stress they do not want to make changes but have no alternative due to the extent of the cuts.

“They have already committed to cutting management and administration costs by 25 per cent.

“Feedback through the consultation period is welcome, and any alternative proposals will need to make at least the same level of savings due to the likely budget cut.

“The proposals currently out to consultation, together with other internal staffing changes, will save around £4 million per year.”

The proposals have angered unions who claim lives could be put at risk.

The consultation document and business cases, can be viewed at www.syfire.gov.uk