Jobs to be axed in North Yorkshire fire control room

Fire engine The fire service said it hoped the losses would not be compulsory

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Four posts at the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service control room look set to be axed as part of measures to save £2.5m by 2015.

The fire service said it was proposing to cut four full-time posts from the current 27 positions.

Area manager Owen Hayward said it was hoped the cuts would not be compulsory and a consultation was under way.

The fire service said improved control room technology meant there was a reduction in control room staff work.

The measures should provide savings of £400,000 per year, it is claimed.

Mr Hayward said that under the proposals, three staff would be on duty at all times, rather than between three and five at present.

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