Lancashire

Lancashire fire authority agrees £4m cuts over three years

Cuts to the fire service budget will "inevitably" lead to reductions on the front line, Lancashire's fire chief has said.

The fire authority agreed £4m in cuts over three years from 2014, including reductions in engines and crews.

One fire engine will be removed from Hyndburn and one retained engine from Padiham during the first year.

Steve Harman, of the Lancashire FBU, described it as "a very pessimistic outlook"

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service chief fire officer, Chris Kenny, said the service has to make "unprecedented" savings.

'Absolute nonsense'

The fire service has already made £13m of savings to its budget since 2007. Further cuts will be made in 2015 and 2016.

Mr Harman said: "We just cannot sustain the level of budget cuts that this coalition government is now implementing.

"To think that you can take £10m out of our Lancashire budget and not affect front-line services is an absolute nonsense."

Mr Kenny said: "The consultation was thorough and the final package of revisions to emergency cover to be implemented testifies to the fact that we have listened carefully."

He said although "over half" of the savings will be "found elsewhere", it is "inevitable" there will be some reduction to front-line services.

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