Cambridgeshire and Suffolk fire services inch ever closer to full scale merger

FIRE services in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk are expected to take a step closer to merging this week.

Both brigades have been looking into whether a merger would help protect frontline services from future budget cuts.

On Thursday, members of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority will be asked to approve putting together a full business case for the move.

If they agree, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet will be asked to make a similar decision on October 16.

The full business case will then go before both of the authorities, before they make a final decision on the proposed merger in the New Year.

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Graham Stagg, Cambridgeshire’s chief fire officer, said: “As you can appreciate, there is still a lot of work to be completed on this to understand the financial situation fully and we believe this work should be completed, before a final decision can be made.”

Fred Brown, chairman of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority, said: “We know that further budget cuts after 2015 are very likely.

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“Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has already successfully combined its control room with Suffolk’s and so further collaboration of some scale is a natural choice.”

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