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Fire Service Pumps Scrapped To Save Money

Wednesday December 18 2013




CONTROVERSIAL aerial rescue pumps introduced two years ago at a cost of £2million are to be scrapped.

The South Yorkshire Fire Authority have agreed that the pumps are to replaced by aerial and ground engines, costing them £300,000.

The move comes as part of the authority's plan up to 2017 to help reduce costs and save closing more stations and removing engines. 

Chairman Cllr Jim Andrews said the scrapping of the combined aerial rescue pumps would save money because fewer firefighters would be needed.

He added: "They have cost a lot of money but had also saved £121,000 per year in Barnsley alone. We'll take out 12 posts at each place they were at."

Members also agreed to cut the number of night-time staff in Barnsley, with only one crew working full-time overnight.

Cllr Andrews said he was 'grudgingly happy' with the plan.

Fire chiefs face the likelihood of a further £3million in cuts by 2017 based on the recent government spending review, on top of the £9million reduction in budget up to 2015.

These cuts have already led to the loss of five pumps last year and saw stations, including the one at Royston, close.

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Reply Posted by Loud mouth on Wednesday December 18 2013 at 15:42
Another strike then, as the police are covering more shifts than the fire service personnel ask then what they prefer

Reply Posted by Collet on Wednesday December 18 2013 at 21:59
Once again Mr Andrews try's to convince us that by scrapping those unwanted tenders in the first place that he has saved us money,what school did he go to? If he had bought them himself, he would now be bankrupt,

Reply Posted by Richard on Thursday December 19 2013 at 23:00
I've said it before, I'll say it again....Labour Council is a complacent bunch of idiots with their snouts in the trough to create nothing more than a shambles of Barnsley.

Reply Posted by Kilkenny on Thursday December 19 2013 at 23:09
We all know Richard we have a Shambles Street in Barnsley..Boring fart;

Reply Posted by Richard on Friday December 20 2013 at 11:32
Well it'd be nice to limit the entire town to just Shambles Street....give it another term with the muppet show at the helm in Town Hall and it will be SHAMBLES TOWN!