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Fire service changes considered in Nottinghamshire

Five retained fire engines across Nottinghamshire may be scrapped, and 16 management jobs lost, in plans to restructure the fire service.

The proposals form part of a major staffing review, which revealed the service receives 35% fewer emergency calls than it did a decade ago.

Other plans include closing Collingham and making Edwinstowe a full-time station.

The proposed changes will be considered by the fire authority on 24 June.

'Targeted response'

The fire service said the aim was to match the level of cover to the degree of risk.

Three options emerging from the findings of the chief fire officer's Fire Cover Review will be considered.

Under the recommended proposals, retained fire engines would go from Arnold, West Bridgford, Highfields, Carlton and Mansfield - which would also lose its high-rise ladder.

In three of those locations there would be so-called targeted response vehicles - staffed by smaller teams of full-time firefighters - dealing with less serious jobs.

Nottingham's Central Fire Station would be relocated.

After a decision by the fire authority, there will be a formal public consultation and any changes will be phased in over the next three years.

'Difficult choices'

Nottinghamshire and City of Nottingham Fire Authority chairman, Councillor Darrell Pulk, said: "These officers have given us a clear picture of the communities which they believe would benefit from more cover, and those where firefighters are under-used.

"I am sure we will need to make some difficult choices.

"But whatever decisions are taken, we will make sure that services are managed to the best of our ability."

The options being considered aim to offer savings which will help off-set reductions in the government grant, leaving the authority to find a total of £6.5m worth of savings over four years.

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