Firefighters jobs could be axed in restructure

DOZENS of jobs could be axed at Derbyshire Fire and Rescue with new proposals designed to meet the budget slash.

As many as 49.5 uniformed employee roles and 36 support roles could go after Derbyshire Fire Authority agreed to the proposals for the restructure of the service, brought about after a reduction in Government grants meaning £5m is to be slashed from the budget by 2014.

The cutbacks could also see second engines removed from four fire stations none of which is Matlock.

Consultation on the matter will be undertaken with local communities and interested parties as well as with employees of the Service before any further decision is made about the future of the four fire engines.

The consultation period will be held for 60 days from April 1, and will be publicised to enable expressions of interest to be recorded.

The outcome of the consultation will be considered by the Fire Authority prior to making a final decision as to whether to remove the fire engines.

Sean Frayne, chief fire officer andchief executive of Derbyshire Fire Authority, said:

“These are very difficult times for Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service and for fire and rescue services nationally.

“We believe that this new structure will enable us to reduce our expenditure as required by the Government’s comprehensive spending review but will also enable us to keep the people of Derbyshire safe.

“We are justifiably proud of the service our people give and we believe that this restructure will mean that even though we will be leaner as a Service our standards will be maintained.”

Cllr David Wilson, Chair of the Fire Authority said: “I am confident that the proposals submitted to and agreed by us will ensure that we retain a sustainable and resilient emergency service.”

During the consultation period, which will begin on April 1 2011 and which will last for 60 days, alternative options will be considered.

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