An independent report commissioned by the Government claims that fire services across the South could save millions of pounds of public money if they worked together more closely.
The review says calls-outs and fire deaths have dropped, while spending and the number of firefighters have stayed much the same. The report has been welcomed by fire chiefs in Hampshire and West Sussex.
But the Fire Brigades Union has called it a "fig leaf" to hide further cuts which could put lives at risk. Malcolm Shaw reports.