South Yorkshire fire cuts approved by authority

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Plans to cut the number of firefighters in South Yorkshire and make a number of crews part-time have been accepted by the region's fire authority.

The cuts mean retiring firefighters will not replaced and four out of five fire stations will have one full-time crew at night instead of two.

Chief fire officer James Courtney said he was working to manage the impact of the cuts as it sought to save £12m.

The Fire Brigades Union said the cuts would put pressure on firefighters.

Other changes accepted by South Yorkshire Fire Authority include staffing a new fire station at Birley Moor with part-time firefighters and scrapping a six-minute time target for responding to emergencies.

The full range of proposed cuts will now go out to a six-week public consultation.

Graham Wilkinson, from the Fire Brigades Union, said: "Firefighters are not happy. It will put pressure on our members."

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