Fire report disclosed

After sustained pressure from the Liberal Democrats the County Council has released the management summary of a report by consultants Det Norske Veritas, presented to the Cabinet in July. The contents of the report, which contributed to the Conservative decision to move to public consultation on their fire review, had previously been kept secret.

The Det Norske Veritas Risk Review confirms information which — for some reason — did not make its way into the consultation document. This includes “overall number of firefighters reduced by 58” and “fire response from 12 stations instead of 19”, “increase in average response times, and consequent increase in fire and road accident risks”, along with the chilling conclusion “Reduction in cost outweighs the risk”.

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