Derbyshire fire service unveils restructuring plan

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service has announced proposals for a restructuring which could lead to the loss of jobs and the removal of some fire engines.

The fire authority said a £5m reduction in its budget has forced it to reduce expenditure.

The plans could see the loss of 85 posts in the county and four fire engines from Ashbourne, Buxton, Clay Cross and Shirebrook stations.

A 60-day consultation on the proposals will begin on 1 April.

'Alternative options'

Chief fire officer, Sean Frayne, 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 Derby and 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."

The authority said during the consultation period alternative options will be considered including flexible working, early retirement and voluntary redundancy as well as natural wastage.

The Fire Brigades Union is yet to comment on the proposals.

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