Fire merger backed

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PLANS to move Suffolk’s emergency fire control room out of the county have been backed by a fire authority.

The Cambridge and Peterborough Fire Authority agreed in principle to support the proposals, which will see Cambridge and Suffolk fire and rescue services merged, at a meeting earlier this month.

The plans had already been backed by the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service in December.

The Fire Brigades Union has campaigned against the plans, which have been introduced to save money.

Andy Fry, chief fire officer for Suffolk, said: “Through this shared arrangement, we aim to provide high-quality fire and rescue services in both Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.”

But Adrian Clarke, FBU regional secretary for East Anglia, criticised the plans, claiming the changes were not needed and that the local knowledge of those working at current control rooms would be lost.