Plans to cut number of firefighters

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Seven firefighter posts are at risk of being lost across eight fire stations in Lincolnshire, including Skegness’, in a bid to save money.

The cuts form part of Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue’s proposals for the coming financial year.

The service is required by Lincolnshire County Council to save £296,000 in 2015/16.

However, the service is planning further ahead and is aiming to save £1.23m over the next four years.

The seven wholetime firefighter posts would be lost across the county’s eight wholetime fire stations, one of which is in Skegness.

It is just one option put forward by the service as a potential saving in its so-called ‘Integrated Risk Management Planning Consultation Document’.

Coun Paul Kenny, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Boston and Skegness and member of Boston Borough Council, has spoken out over the proposal and others contained in the document, saying they ‘could put lives at risk’. He has called on the public to oppose Lincolnshire County Council’s funding cuts.

He said: “I am especially concerned in Skegness, where there is a large number of people who will be staying in caravans and hotels when they visit the excellent tourist resort of Skegness.”

Dave Ramscar, chief fire officer for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “We are confident that our proposals will have no significant impact on our ability to protect the public.

“The county council has to find annual savings of £90m and it’s only right the fire service plays its part. However, we will do this in a way that will minimise the impact on front-line services.”

Lincolnshire County Council declined to issue a separate comment.

Members of the public are invited to have their say on the plans. Find the Integrated Risk Management Planning Consultation Document at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lincolnshire-fire-and-rescue.