Eight firefighters down

CENTRAL Scotland Fire and Rescue Service chiefs have promised public safety will not be compromised if eight vacant firefighting posts are not filled.

At a meeting of Central Scotland Joint Fire and Rescue Board in Stirling

last Friday, chief fire officer Kenny Taylor told members there would be no impact on frontline services if a decision to leave eight firefighter posts vacant had to be taken.

Due to impending cuts in funding -which are still to be finalised - the fire and rescue service is looking at ways of saving four or five percent per year, which equates to 791,600.

These proposals include doing away with six support staff, saving around 137,600; axing two station manager posts, creating savings

of 88,400; reducing the overtime budget by 120,000 and leaving eight firefighter posts unfilled, saving 249,400.

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