Fire cuts given go-ahead

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COUNCILLORS have approved a raft of cuts to Suffolk’s fire and rescue service.

Suffolk County Council’s cabinet voted in favour of the measures, which include reducing full time crew at Haverhill and Felixstowe stations from seven to five days a week.

Four fire safety advice personnel will be axed and staffing of a turntable appliance in Ipswich will be reduced.

Funding will be removed for firefighters to be paid extra money to provide support for on-call fire stations.

Two flexible duty officers, who have a daily management role and fulfil a command and control function at larger incidents, will also be cut.

The shake-up will save the service £1.5 million and were finalised following a 12 week public consultation.

Union bosses have warned that the moves will result in fewer resources to draw on during major incidents in Bury St Edmunds.

Andy Fry, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service’s chief fire officer, said the plans ‘sensibly achieve’ a balance between achieving savings in a very difficult financial environment and meeting people’s needs.