BREAKING NEWS: Plans to remove fire crew approved

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. Picture: Marie Caley D0949MC
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. Picture: Marie Caley D0949MC

PART-time firefighters at a Doncaster station are to go as part of a bid to make drastic cuts required by the Government.

Proposals put forward by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service to deal with an expected £10 million cut in funding have been approved by the Fire Authority following a meeting today.

The plans mean the part-time crew at Edlington Fire Station will be removed as soon as possible.

Other changes are to be made to crews and fire stations across the region in a bid to cope with the Government’s demands.

Coun Jim Andrews, chair of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “We don’t want to make these changes but we have no other option faced with such a huge reduction in our budget.

“We firmly believe that the proposals approved today will help us achieve the necessary savings whilst having the minimum impact on fire cover.

“However, we are still in an uncertain position because the Government won’t tell us what our grant reduction will be after 2013. Our medium term annual budget could vary by up to £6m, depending on the size of the cut, so we need to keep our reserves to plan for the worst.”