Fire service under review

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LOCATIONS and staffing of fire stations in South Holland and across Lincolnshire may change with a sweeping service review under way.

A project team is looking at all aspects of the service with the aim of making improvements.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue spokesman Marianne Shaw said: “The fire and rescue budget has been largely protected and the changes would aim to work to this budget whilst making service improvements.

“The team will be reviewing every aspect of the service, including the locations and crewing of fire stations, training requirements of staff, support staff that are needed for the service and control room arrangements.”

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Management Board will consider the project team’s proposals at the end of this month and has pledged to consult the public on any “significant changes”.

l Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue leases its fire engines from financially troubled AssetCo, which is expected to sink with debts of £140million unless a buyer is found.

But county fire chief Dave Ramscar says Lincolnshire will keep its fire engines no matter what happens to AssetCo.