Guernsey retained firefighters role 'could end' as part of review

  • 24 January 2013
  • From the section Guernsey

Retained firefighters in Guernsey have been told their role could end as part of a review of the island's fire and rescue service.

The part-time role is being considered after a move to cut costs across the Home Department identified the retainers were "rarely utilised".

The retained firefighters have been asked to contribute to a specific review of their job.

It aims to decide if the section still provides value for money.

The wider review found it was "valuable at times of high activity or major incident" and the specific review will also look at if the cover provided could be offered in a "more cost effective manner".

Retained firefighters train on Wednesday evenings and need to be able to leave their full-time employment in an emergency, either to deal with an incident or to provide back up at the station in case another call comes in.

The wider review was launched last year as part of the Home Department's moves to cut its budget for the Financial Transformation Project, which aims to reduce spending across the States by £31m.

The department has a saving target of £1.3m for 2013.

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