Firefighters lobby parliament over combined control centres

Firefighters visited parliament yesterday to voice their concerns over plans to combine local fire control rooms to create large regional centres.

In addition to job losses, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) claims this would lead to a poorer service with lives put at risk by a lack of local knowledge.

The government said its plan would increase efficiency and save money.

The South East regional centre would cover the south coast from Kent to Hampshire – and as far north as Oxfordshire.

Some fire employers have also expressed concern over the plans, saying such a large-scale IT project could have cost and workability problems.

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