Lincolnshire fire chiefs want full-time crews

Officials at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service have said they want to increase the number of full-time firefighters in the county.

Fire managers have proposed to recruit staff to train part-time and retained firefighters currently manning most of the county's stations.

It wants to increase the number of stations manned by full-time staff from two to nine.

The service said the changes would be financed from the existing budget.

Lincolnshire has a total of 38 stations in operation in the county.

Lincolnshire's Chief Fire Officer Dave Ramscar said: "We do not believe that it is feasible under the current arrangements to give the full range of skills to all our staff.

"Changes would make sure that firefighters are trained to the necessary levels," he said.

The proposals will go out to public consultation for 90 days.

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