Wiltshire Fire Service dispute talks to take place

Talks are set to take place to try to resolve a dispute between Wiltshire Fire Service and the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), over planned changes.

The service hopes to save £1.4m by 2014 by relocating some of its full-time officers to new hub stations in Devizes, Marlborough and Amesbury.

The FBU is calling for more details about the proposals.

Talks run by the National Joint Council will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday in London.

Wiltshire currently has 202 full time firefighters who work out of Salisbury, Trowbridge, Chippenham, and three fire stations in Swindon.

These are supported by 303 on-call or retained fire fighters.

The fire service claims the planned changes will increase public safety. The FBU has said it is not opposed to the plans, but is worried about the details.

It is calling for clarification on how many of its members it will involve, how it could affect their pay and conditions, and when exactly the changes might happen.

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