Fears fire service jobs could go as cuts are made

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jobs could be cut in Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service because of a reduction in the amount of money it gets from the government.

Derbyshire Fire Authority confirmed that the restructuring of the county’s fire service could result in a loss of 36 jobs for members of support and 49.5 for uniformed employees.

There could also be a freeze in the ‘on call’ firefighter establishment.

However, during the consultation period, which will begin on Friday, April 1, and which will last for 60 days, alternative options will be considered including flexible working, early retirement and voluntary redundancy.

The authority has agreed to proposals for the restructuring, which have been brought about because of the reduction in the amount of money it gets from the government.

The reduction in funding will see the fire and rescue service budget being reduced by £5m from £42m per year by 2014.

Chief fire officer Sean Frayne said: “These are very difficult times for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and for fire and rescue services nationally. “We believe that this new structure will enable us to reduce our expenditure as required by the government’s comprehensive spending review but will also enable us to keep the people of Derby and Derbyshire safe.”