West Yorkshire Fire Service to cut 80 jobs

More than 80 support staff from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue face redundancy as the service tries to save money. This brings the total number of jobs lost to more than 100 since 2010 – a third of the support staff workforce.

The move comes as part of a re-structure of the service, which will save £2.5 million per year.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Martyn Redfern said there may be more job losses to come with a potential £12 million cut in central funding between now and 2015.

We shall be slimmer and more efficient as a result of these latest changes with more work moved onto the operational staff and focusing on the most important areas. Our ambition Making West Yorkshire Safer and challenging safety targets that we have set for 2015 remain, so we will continue to provide the very best front-line service possible by making difficult choices.

– Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Martyn Redfern

Resources will now be concentrated on core emergency services.