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11 January 2011, 10:21
Essex Fire and Rescue have promised there won't be any station closures or job losses as the service faces up to 10 million pounds being cut from their budget.
They've also now revealed plans to change how fire stations are crewed in future.
Some will see a reduction in full time firefighters, others like Dunmow, which covers Stansted Airport, will see an increase.
A spokesman's told Heart they'll save money without cutting jobs by not filling posts that are empty and natural wastage.
Essex Fire and Rescue say they want to:
The Fire Brigade Union is still considering the proposals ahead of an Essex Fire Authority meeting on January 19.
Mick Rogers, Essex FBU Secretary said:"These cuts fall short of the Armageddon scenario senior managers had spent the last few months warning us all of, but they still represent the biggest frontline cuts ever seen in the history of Essex fire & rescue service.
"The initial response we have received from fire crews on the frontline is a feeling of a perverse reprieve. One member has described it as feeling a little like being confronted by a mugger who demands you hand over £50 in cash, but who then only takes a twenty pound note - you feel like you've been let off lightly but in reality you've still been mugged!"