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Isle residents’ last chance to comment on fire service cuts

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Isle residents have a last chance to voice their views on changes aimed at slashing the cost of running Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.

Public meetings have taken place across communities that could be affected, but there is still time to comment via the service’s website.

The deadline for input is Friday, January 10.

Information from the consultation will then be used by members of Humberside Fire Authority, the service’s ruling body, to make final decisions about how and where cuts will be made.

Members will meet to make the decisions at the Authority meeting on January 31.

The service has seen large budget reductions in recent years in a trend that is set to continue. Savings of £5.5m could be expected by 2016.

Changes that are currently on the drawing board would cut the cost of operational work within the service.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Chris Blacksell said: “All the options that have been developed would mean we can still meet the response standards that we are so proud of.”

Those wanting to give feedback can do so online at www.humbersidefire.gov.uk

 

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