No changes to fire service

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RESIDENTS have been reassured there will be no cuts to the borough’s firefighting capacity after a neighbouring service announced a service review which could see severe cuts.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service has put forward proposals which could see up to 160 jobs lost and the fleet of fire engines reduced by five vehicles.

The review also suggests making changes to emergency cover as the Lancashire service aims to trim at least £10m from its current budget.

The proposals, which will be subject to a public consultation and have provoked a furious response from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) despite assurances public safety will not be compromised by the changes, could be implemented over the next four years.

However, a spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service confirmed the service was not carrying out a similar service review.

The Lancashire review is also being carried out due to a reduction of 60 per cent in the number of emergency incidents firefighters in the county have attended over the past 10 years.