Earlier today Chris Strickland, Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service made this statement to bring us all up to date, he said "Our proposals are about improving our ability to deliver a service, not about cuts. If approved by the fire authority, we're not looking to save any money by implementing these changes. Instead we're ensuring that the Service is providing the best service possible to taxpayers.
"Over the past three years we've saved more than £4 million from our budget. Now it's time to take stock and start looking for ways to continue improving the service we provide.
"Combining Burwell and Swaffham fire stations makes sense. They are less than three miles apart and historicallly (in the 50 plus years since the fire stations have been open) we have never been able to fully crew the fire engine located at Swaffham Bulbeck. One site is a former listed pub and the other is a brick built garage which the fire engine sits in. It's always been the intention of the service to combine the sites at some stage to build a new purpose built fire station with a bespoke training facility for crews. Now, we've been offered some land to do this and this is a great opportunity for us to improve the quaility of service we provide to the area.
"As part of a package of improvements we are putting six new rescue pumps into Service and as a result we have an opportunity to change the way we crew the rescue vehicle at Huntingdon to enable us to improve the availability of our on-call stations. We're not getting rid of the rescue vehicle in the evenings, we're just proposing that we change how we crew it."
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