Essex Fire Service takes over emergency planning to save cash

The fire service in Essex is to take over emergency planning after managing the operation for the past 18 months.

County council emergency planning staff will become employed by Essex Fire and Rescue Service as the civil protection and emergency management department.

Chief fire officer David Johnson said the move was saving a total of £180,000.

He said it would create a "joined-up service combining decades of experience".

An official launch event to mark the formation of the new department will take place in January.

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