Front-line fire cuts possible warns Cambs fire chief

PUBLISHED: 13:02 16 September 2011

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CAMBRIDGESHIRE fire and rescue may have to cut front-line services if further reductions are made to their budget, the chief fire officer has said.

Graham Stagg was part of a delegation from CFRS that attended a meeting at the House of Commons on Wednesday to discuss the cuts with Cambridgeshire MPs.

The fire service is preparing for a funding cut of between £4.2 million and £6 million, and has already identified where it can make more than £4 million of savings.

But Mr Stagg said: “We don’t know yet exactly how much we will need to save, as it depends on how much money is allocated to us by Government. If we are lucky, we hope to make our savings without impacting on the level of service we provide to the public.

“But if we are unlucky, we are forced into a situation where uncomfortable decisions will have to be made about the frontline service we provide to the public and we will be unable to make that promise.”

Describing the meeting as “constructive”, he added: “A number of issues were raised and a number of misunderstandings clarified.

“I welcome the offer of support from MPs for assistance in gaining CFRS favour to explore further ways to collaborate with other fire and rescue services.”

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