Decision due on fire service future

A DECISION will be made at this week’s Fire Authority meeting on whether to continue to pursue the proposal to work more closely or merge Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority with a neighbouring fire and rescue service.

Over the summer months, work has been ongoing at both Cambridgeshire and Suffolk fire and rescue services to gather information with the aim of finding out if further collaboration, up to a full merger, would be viable. Both services made the decision to explore further collaboration earlier in the year in order to preserve the frontline from future budget cuts in the next Comprehensive Spending Review in 2015.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority members will be asked to note the progress which has currently been made and asked if they approve the recommendation for a full business case to be completed.