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Fire jobs may face axe in cuts

Malvern Editorial 23rd Oct, 2013 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

FIREFIGHTER jobs in Ledbury could be cut as part of a £4.7 million cost cutting plan.

Proposals being consulted on by Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service could see an on-call crew removed from the Bye Street station, which would result in eight job losses and savings of £51,700 a year.

Under that option, Bromyard and Tenbury Wells would also shut while other options being considered could see a whole-time crew removed from Hereford and Worcester and an on-call engine taken from Redditch or the complete closure of Bewdley and Broadway in Worcestershire and either the closure of Kingsland and Whitchurch in Herefordshire or the removal of an on-call fire engine from Leominster and Ross-on-Wye.

Chief fire officer Mark Yates said: “As part of this plan we have looked at all risks in the two counties and mapped out the number of calls each station has responded to over the previous five years.

“It appears to be inevitable that over the coming years we will have fewer fire engines and firefighters but we believe the proposals contained in the CRMP will have the least impact on the communities of our two counties and the safety of our firefighters.”

Residents have the opportunity to comment on the proposals until January 10 next year, with a decision set to be made on February 19. Visit www.hwfire.org.uk for more information or to complete a questionnaire.

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