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Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service plans to save £500k by cutting false call-outs

Staffordshire fire and rescue chiefs aim to save money by cutting false call-outs.
Fire services are anticipating savings of £500,000 by not attending 2,000 calls, which cost them £250 each

Staffordshire fire and rescue chiefs plan to cut costs and enhance savings by reducing the number of engines they send to attend the false call-outs.

Fire and rescue chiefs in Staffordshire plan to make savings by reducing the number of engines they send to false alarms.

The services in the West Midlands county has planned the moves to make efficiency savings, reports 'This is Staffordshire'.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will begin sending only one pump to calls where there is a fire alarm but no confirmed fire.

The emergency services are anticipating savings of £500,000 by not attending 2,000 calls, which cost them £250 each.

Alan McEntire, the Staffordshire fire service’s risk reduction manager, told the news provider that the service now employs more stringent checks on phone calls.

"Although fire control does now ask more questions as part of our call challenge procedure, we hope to only be attending confirmed fires in the future," he said.

"At the moment, we are responding to all calls when we have been told it is a fire and until we arrive at the scene, it is classed as a fire."

The coalition government, in its October spending review, recommended a 25 per cent cut to fire authorities over the next four years.

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