Firefighters want candidates' support

Firefighters who fear a planned shake-up of Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service will put people's lives at risk have called on the county's would be MPs to oppose the changes.

Firefighters who fear a planned shake-up of Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service will put people's lives at risk have called on the county's would be MPs to oppose the changes.

A new Safety Plan for 2011/14 has been drawn up by fire chiefs, who say it will allow more efficient use of resources and save �1.5m.

They say safety will remain paramount, but the number of crews in Norwich will be cut from five to four when Bethel Street station is replaced by the new Carrow Station in Trowse in 2011 and a full time crew will be shifted from Great Yarmouth to Gorleston to replace the retained cover.

Forty-two firefighter posts would be lost across the county, including 24 in Norwich, 14 in Gorleston and 12 in six retained stations - Cromer, Dereham, Diss, Fakenham, Sandringham and Wymondham.

A new second station could be built in King's Lynn.