Humberside

Humberside Fire service reduces number of fire engine

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Image caption The number of fire engines at the two stations in Immingham will be cut to two from three

One fire engine will be cut and 28 posts will be lost under plans to reduce the budget by £1m at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS).

The fire authority voted to remove one of the engines, based in Immingham, following a public consultation, which attract 600 responses.

Options to remove fire engines from Brough, Market Weighton, Hornsea or Withernsea were rejected.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said it was disappointed by the cuts.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Chris Blacksell, said the changes would have no effect on emergency response times.

'Least worst option'

"We think this is the option with the minimal impact," he said.

"Because of the relatively small number of incidents we get in that area, and the fact we'll still have two fire engines in Immingham based across those two fire station, it means actually we are predicting there will be no effect on how quickly we can get one fire engine to a member of the public who needs us."

He said the job cuts should be achieved through staff retiring, avoiding the need for compulsory redundancies.

Richard Walker, of the Fire Brigades Union, said he was disappointed at the cuts.

"Looking at the finances and looking at the options, this was probably the least worse option," he said.

"We are hoping this is end of the slippery slope. We've been told that there's are going to be no more cuts before 2020."

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