THE decision to reduce night-time staffing at Barnsley fire station has been deferred until November.

The second fire engine at Barnsley could be manned part-time at night to help reduce costs as an alternative to closing more stations or removing fire engines altogether.

The Fire Authority, which met last Monday, accepted the proposals 'in principle', but a further six-week consultation period was granted to allow the public to review the draft strategic plan for 2013-17.

Fire chiefs face the likelihood of a further £3million in cuts by 2017, based on the government's Comprehensive Spending Review, on top of the £9million reduction in budget up to 2015.