Fears fire service jobs may be axed

House fire wellington street Long Eaton
House fire wellington street Long Eaton

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service has warned it will need to make job cuts to meet budget constraints.

Now it is asking the public how they think it can improve the service and save money. In a consultation exercise, being run by the Fire Authority, people are asked questions like whether fire staff’s pay should be frozen and where they should focus their efforts in terms of the community.

In 2009/2010 the service (DFRS) spent £42.1m, £21.4m came from council tax and £19.2m from Government grants.

Over the next four years the Government grant will be reduced by 25 per cent, equating to £5m less by 2015.

DFRS has warned it would need to reduce the number of people it employs.

The consultation document reads: “DFRS need to reduce the numbers of people it employs. Exact figures are not yet known but measures to reduce the workforce will include vacancy control, voluntary retirements or redundancies and a restructure of the service, which will lead to compulsory redundancies.”

Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive Sean Frayne said: “Our main aim as a service is to make sure that people are protected in their homes, at work and when visiting Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Fire Authority Chairman David Wilson said to help with the decision making it wanted people’s views.

The survey runs until Friday, February 11, and can be completed online at www.derbys-fire.gov.uk by following the link .