Fire service plans under spotlight

PROPOSED changes to the county's fire and rescue services will be debated by councillors next week.The new safety plan will be discussed by members of the county council's fire and community committee on Tuesday.

PROPOSED changes to the county's fire and rescue services will be debated by councillors next week.

The new safety plan will be discussed by members of the county council's fire and community committee on Tuesday.

The plan includes redeploying one whole-time fire engine from Great Yarmouth to Gorleston and replacing the retained crew to give quicker 24-hour cover both sides of the river.

Council cabinet members have to approve the plan which goes out to public consultation during the summer before a final decision in October.

The safety plan has to be renewed every three years to reconsider services and resources.

Deputy chief fire officer Mike McCarthy said: "A number of options are on the table which we believe could help Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service work in a better and smarter way without, crucially, compromising the safety of the public or our staff."