Fire brigade jobs are to go

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SOUTH Yorkshire Fire and Rescue has announced it is axing around 40 support staff posts due to government cutbacks.

The job losses will be complete by November this year, and the force has pledged that no firefighter or control room roles will be cut as a result of the budget reductions.

Some of the affected jobs are already vacant, and bosses hope the remaining reductions will be met through voluntary redundancies.

The force must cut £2 million of its administration costs by 2014, part of an overall budget reduction of £4.7m. A bigger budget cut is expected in two years’ time.

The fire service currently employs 227 support staff, and is holding a consultation on its service plan, which outlines how it will manage its reduced budget.