Glasgow & West Scotland

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service shedding 100 posts

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Image caption The service said there would be no impact on stations or firefighter numbers

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue is to cut 104 staff ahead of public spending cuts, the service has said.

Support staff will be asked to consider voluntary redundancy or early retirement as part of a medium term strategy to ease financial pressures.

The fire service's board said numbers of firefighters or fire officers currently in service were unaffected.

The number of fire appliances and community fire stations in the Strathclyde area will also be the same.

A review of support staff has already achieved £500,000 saving in this year's salary costs.

Chief Officer Brian Sweeney said: "The medium-term strategy agreed by the board will reduce financial pressures while maintaining our current level of service. We will still have the same number of appliances available to attend incidents.

"In the face of the most severe financial crisis of recent years we are determined to improve efficiency while continuing to provide the best service possible to our communities."

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