Worthing fire station could lose eight firefighters as cuts planned

WORTHING fire station could lose eight firefighters as West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (WSFRS) considers ways to save £2.5 million.

WORTHING fire station could lose eight firefighters as West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (WSFRS) considers ways to save £2.5 million.

A public consultation on the WSFR’s cost-saving plan has begun as the county council plans to reduce its costs by £79 million.

The eight firefighters at Worthing Station, in Ardsheal Road, are currently used, two per watch, to man the station’s aerial ladder platform (ALT).

Gary Towson, media and communications officer for WSFRS, stressed the plans were still only being considered, but said specialist vehicles like the ATL were normally manned at other stations on a need-to basis with a “jump crew”.

As well as cutting costs, the consultation will also consider the removal of Worthing’s and Crawley’s third fire engine so that money can be reinvested in retained firefighters in more rural areas.

For the full story, read the Worthing Herald, out this week, Thursday, July 19.