Fire plans opposed

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CHANGES to how Suffolk Fire and Rescue is run have been opposed by town councillors.

A public consultation into the “integrated risk management plan” has been set out by Suffolk County Council in the face of impending funding cuts.

At Sudbury Town Council’s meeting on Tuesday, councillors felt that some of the proposals would have implications for the safety of people living in the town.

They highlighted proposals for a reduction in prevention and protection functions, and the removal of on-call fire station support, causing a reduction in the time that on-call fire engines are available.

Nigel Bennett said: “The main worry here is the problem of rural engines covering stations who are struggling to get enough retained firefighters.

“Sudbury engines could be called to more events outside the town and will not be here if needed.”

The council voted to oppose both proposals.