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.
The number of firefighters in Avon Fire & Rescue Service is being dramatically cut over the next two years. It has also been announced that the service's headquarters could move from Bristol to Keynsham.
The fire service needs to save £11 million by 2017.
Chris Taylor from the Avon Fire Brigades Union says the reduced service is technically viable, but big incidents will cause problems.
Avon Fire & Rescue Service aims to lose 84 firefighters by 2017 to help save £11 million. But as the service has not recruited since 2009, most of the reduction will come from 'natural wastage' of staff. The service says it wants to avoid compulsory redundancies.
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. "