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14 December, 2017

Julia Mulligan comments on Fire Authority’s decision to reverse cuts to firefighter numbers

Commenting on North Yorkshire Combined Fire Authority’s decision to reverse cuts to firefighter numbers, Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire said:

“This U turn from the Fire and Rescue Authority is welcome and comes after considerable political pressure.

“For the last six months I have been clear that the public safety issues surrounding threes on TRVs is unacceptable, and it is telling that this decision comes in the wake of my consultation on oversight of the Fire and Rescue Service.

“What now concerns me is that the Authority have not set out any plans for how they intend to save the money needed to pay for this.

“I have set out a significant savings plan through my business case that can deliver the funds to ensure the continued safety of the public of North Yorkshire if oversight is transferred to me by the Home Secretary.

“In the mean time I have urged the Fire Authority to come back at the next meeting in February, with a comprehensive affordability plan and would expect to see some of the suggestions that I have made to protect the front line being taken seriously.”

Read the story published by the Fire Brigades Union here: