– Fire Brigades Union
This is being driven by central government cuts. We estimate it will lead to the loss of around 100 firefighter jobs. There are serious implications or public safety. Our average response times to incidents - 8 minutes - is already well over the national average. These cuts will make matters worse."
– Ann Millington, Chief Executive of KFRS
The county is changing fast and we have to do the same. In previous years, we made sure we have stations in the right location for modern day needs. Now we are looking at how we can work differently in ways that will maintain emergency cover but also help us make essential savings of £10million over the next three years.
Proposals include improving emergency cover by increasing the hours day-crewed firefighters respond immediately from their station by 35 hours a week and improving the availability of our on-call engines.”
Kent Fire and Rescue Service has announced it needs to make £10 million worth of cuts over the next three years. Union officials say it could see up to 100 jobs axed and an increase in council tax. The plans will be available for the public to comment on from next month.