Cuts to Avon Fire Service

The number of firefighters in Avon Fire & Rescue is being dramatically cut over the next two years, and the service's headquarters could move from Bristol to Keynsham. It's all part of plans to save £11 million over the next 4 years.

Avon Fire Service cuts to be discussed today

Kevin Pearson, Chief Fire Officer at Avon Fire and Rescue Service. Credit: PA

Plans to close fire service headquarters in Bristol and move them to Kenysham are being discussed today by Avon Fire Authority. The fire station at Speedwell also faces closure as part of proposals to meet a budget shortfall of £11 million.

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Plans to move Avon Fire HQ to save cash

Chief Fire Officer Kevin Pearson Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The headquarters of Avon Fire & Rescue could move from the centre of Bristol to a new building in Keynsham under plans to save £3m in the next three years. Proposals to move from Temple Way to a smaller HQ in Keynsham are to be discussed at a meeting of Avon Fire Authority on Friday.

Other plans include closing Speedwell Fire Station by consolidating services in an extended station at Kingswood. Chief Fire Officer Kevin Pearson said: "Keynsham town centre is undergoing a major redevelopment which means the existing fire station will have to move.

"It's estimated that our current HQ in central Bristol needs around £7m of repairs. The redevelopment of Keynsham provides an opportunity to move to a smaller, purpose-built HQ that reflects our modern needs. "