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Staffordshire fire service jobs to be axed under cuts

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About 30 jobs will be axed at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service over the next financial year and more could follow as it faces further cuts of £5.75 million over the next five years, its chief fire officer has announced.

The service is undergoing an overhaul of the way it operates as it looks at new ways of saving money.

The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority has been told that it will have to lose £1.5m from its 2015/16 budget.

As part of the cuts, chief fire officer Peter Dartford said about 30 jobs are expected to be lost in 2015/16.

"If we are going to deliver what we are going to deliver we are going to need to be innovative and at the cutting edge of new approaches," he said. The fire authority is confident that the cuts can be made through 'natural wastages' with compulsory redundancies being a last resort.

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