South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

'Alternate plan' to cuts for South Yorkshire firefighters

Labour councillors on the South Yorkshire Fire Authority have put forward an alternative plan to the cuts being proposed by the fire service.

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Cuts to central government funding left the fire authority seeking to fill a £4m hole in their budget.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU), which represents firefighters, previously warned that the proposed cuts reducing the number of firefighters on engines, from five to four, were "absolutely unthinkable".

The authority is now expected to consider looking at costs in other areas, such as senior salaries and expensive non-essential purchases, as well considering using its reserves of over £20 million.

The FBU will continue to campaign against the cuts as the amended budget plan goes for consultation.

Fire engine staffing cuts to go to consultation

Plans to cut the number of firefighters from five to four on fire engines in South Yorkshire are to go to consultation.

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The consultation will start on 3 May and last 12 weeks.

The service needs to save about £4m a year, so union representatives and fire chiefs met earlier to discuss the planned cuts.

The fire service has said this is a better option than reducing the number of fire engines overall, and many engines already attend incidents with a crew of four.

However, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has said the plans could put both staff and the public at risk.

Cuts to South Yorkshire fire engine crews under scrutiny

Plans to cut the number of firefighters on fire engines in South Yorkshire from five to four are due to be discussed later.

Firefighter
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The service needs to save about £4m a year and says this is a better option than reducing the number of fire engines overall.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) says the plans are "unthinkable" and could put both staff and public at risk.

FBU regional secretary Neil Carbutt said public and firefighter safety was at risk as well as the loss of 83 jobs.

The fire service said many engines already attended incidents with a crew of four.

Union representatives and fire chiefs are expected to meet today to discuss the planned cuts.

South Yorkshire firefighters put up signs asking people to leave room for fire engines.
South Yorkshire's firefighters put up signs asking people to leave room for fire engines when parking on narrow side streets.

Watch: Firefighters' plea to drivers

Oli Constable

BBC Yorkshire Live

Motorists in South Yorkshire should think about where they park and leave space for emergency vehicles, according to a new fire service campaign.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have been putting up signs as part of a trial.

If successful more streets could soon see the signs popping up:

Firefighters tackle Rotherham factory blaze

Fire crews were called to a fire at an aluminium factory in Rotherham in the early hours of this morning.

A furnace
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The out-of-control blaze, which was in a furnace, started at about 03:45.

Four crews tackled the fire which was put out just before 05:00.

Man dies in Rotherham flat fire

A man has died after a fire at a flat in Rotherham last night.

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Firefighters were called at about 23:30 to Gray Avenue, Swallownest.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

'Anyone can be anything' video released

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has been showing children that "anyone can be anything" when it comes to picking a career.

It's to mark International Women's Day.

Officers went to Mosborough Primary School to surprise the children.

They wanted to make it clear, man or woman, any career is possible and to challenge stereotypes:

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Cat starts kitchen fire and explosion

A cat has been blamed for starting a kitchen fire which led to a small explosion in Sheffield.

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The animal is said to have knocked the kitchen hob, setting fire to items on top of it including an aerosol can.

The fire, at a house on Ecclesfield Road in Shiregreen, started at about 05:15 and resulted in a small explosion which blew the kitchen window out.

Nobody was injured and the fire was quickly put out by firefighters.