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Devon and Somerset Fire Service members will vote on saving proposals next Wednesday (10th July). The service will be looking at how to make £8 million in savings by 2015.
The proposals include increasing work in the community to prevent fires and changing the way some fire engines are crewed by having ‘on- call’ Firefighters.
The Service is also reducing support staff numbers and this year alone plans to reduce numbers by around 40 posts. Senior posts have also been reduced. From 2010, the Chief Fire Officer has reduced the Senior Management Board from nine Directors to four.
The Chief Fire Officer at Devon and Somerset Fire Service is defending the savings they have announced.
Devon and Somerset Fire Service say they will be making 40 non-operational job cuts this year, which is 13% of staff. They say this will not include any compulsory redundancies but will be found through deleting empty jobs, retirements and redeployment.
They say they have entered discussions with Avon Fire Service about a merger but currently the talks are about collaboration instead.
Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell says the savings required are unprecedented in the history of the fire service.
After the Chancellor's announcement last week Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service say they now need to find £8 million of savings by 2015/16. That includes the £5.5 million they have to make by 2014/15.
A meeting today has revealed that current savings only reach £7 million so they will have to either make compulsory redundancies or dip into their reserves to balance the books.