FIRE bosses have defended an overspend which they said was a result of firefighters claiming back fuel costs due to them temporarily being moved to stations across South Yorkshire.

The £7,900 shortfall was discussed by members of the South Yorkshire Fire Authority in Barnsley on Monday, which resulted in bosses admitting that the figure would not be clawed back in the next financial year.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Alex Johnson said: “Increased activity means an increase in costs as officers have had to move from station to station as cover.”