Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has set out a long term cost-saving strategy following the announcement yesterday of its government grant funding for the next two years.
"This will enable us to make changes in a controlled fashion and, as far as possible, minimise impact on the way we deliver our services to the community."
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford said; “We are already one of the most cost effective Fire and Rescue Services in the country. The grant funding announcement recognises our success in delivering efficient and high performing services. The way that funding is allocated across the country also recognises some of the challenges faced in parts of Staffordshire.”
The Comprehensive Spending Review announced in October covers a four year period. The Fire and Rescue Service is already making plans for the third and fourth years of the review period when reductions in funding are expected.
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford continued: “We don’t yet know what our funding will be from April 2013 but we are expecting it to reduce from the current level. Our plan is therefore to spread our budget reductions over four years. This will enable us to make changes in a controlled fashion and, as far as possible, minimise impact on the way we deliver our services to the community. Based on our current projections this will mean making a saving of around £1million per year.
“Our Business Transformation Team is looking at each and every area of our organisation to identify areas where we can make ourselves more efficient and cost effective. We believe that this is the most sensible approach to reducing our overall costs and meeting the challenges that we know lay ahead.”