Clarification of incorrect information published in a newspaper article regarding job numbers at the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire and West Midlands' shared fire control centre.
Councillor Len Bloomer, Chair of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority, and Councillor John Edwards, Chair of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “A shared fire control service between Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire and West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authorities is preparing to ‘go live’ in 2014.
“The shared service is being introduced to maximise efficiency and increase resilience. The priority is to ensure that communities in both areas continue to receive a first class service and that our firefighters are safe when they are doing this vital job.
“There are currently 101 posts in total across the two control centres. It is proposed that this will be reduced to 76 roles when the new shared fire control centre is operational. Staffing levels will be reviewed 12 months later.
“Some of the 25 posts that will be lost are currently vacant and members of staff may be given the option of voluntary redundancy or redeployment.
“We are committed to providing an efficient and effective service to the people of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire and the West Midlands. To continue to achieve that aim, changes have to be made.”
This statement was jointly issued by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Midlands Fire Service.