Kent

Kent Fire and Rescue Service seeks to save £12m

Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is considering closing some fire stations as it seeks to save £12m over the next three years, the BBC has learned.

Ann Millington, the chief executive, said she could not give "definitive answers" about station closures.

She said: "At this stage we are just looking at locations. Are they in the right places? That's the key issue."

Fire chiefs are also piloting new equipment such as smaller rapid response vehicles to save money.

KFRS has about 1,500 firefighters, about half of whom are part-time.

Fire chiefs have ruled out compulsory redundancies but about 70 full-time posts will be lost through natural wastage.

Detailed proposals are expected to be published in October.

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