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26 May 2011, 21:06
Members of The Fire Authority have met to decide whether to approve millions of pounds worth of cuts to Cambridgeshire's Fire Service.
Last week, managers recommended a number of cost-cutting measures, including cutting up to 25 frontline jobs, as part of a drive to save at least £4.2million during the next four years.
This afternoon (Thursday) members of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority voted on whether or not to accept these recommendations.
The Fire Authority has agreed to:
The Fire Authority has agreed to let managers at Cambridgeshire Fire Service proceed with:
Chairman of the Fire Authority Roy Pegram said: "No one wants to be in the position of having to make decisions that will impact on people, either our own staff or members of the public.
However, we have to find these savings as we have a legal duty to produce a balanced budget.
That means making tough decisions and today the Fire Authority agreed by a majority vote to the proposals presented to us by the fire service management team.
The Service can go on and implement some of the recommendations now, but for others we have agreed that a full business case should be brought back to the Fire Authority for a decision later in the year."