Humberside Fire Service crews under threat as second £5 million budget cut is announced.

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Lives could be placed at risk if further cuts to Humberside Fire and Rescue Service are implemented, the Fire Brigades Union has warned.

As a further £5 million looks set to be slashed from the fire service budget by 2018, people living across the area should be concerned, says the FBU, and should act now in a bid to prevent the threat to services and potentially to lives.

Government funding to Humberside has already been reduced by £5 million from 2011 to 2014 in non-frontline services.

But new proposals for removing engines from selected stations across the region, including one at the retained Goole station, could impact strongly on North Lincolnshire, said an FBU spokesman.

The proposed engine removals and relocations to allow for the next budget cut to Humberside’s Fire and Rescue Service will not change set response standards, it is claimed.

The removal of one fire engine at Goole would leave just one other to attend incidents. There were 280 call-outs from Goole in 2012 to 2013.

An eight-week public engagement exercise is due to start at the end of this month, that will allow for alternative options to be put forward. Options to be taken forward will then be selected in September.