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Police and fire services should merge across Staffordshire, according to Lichfield’s MP.
The proposals to combine a number of back office functions was proposed by Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis.
Now Michael Fabricant has told the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Greg Clark he had “lost confidence” in the Staffordshire Fire Authority.
Mr Clark said he was “very interested” in the proposals.
Mr Fabricant explained: “Staffordshire firefighters and local residents have been badly let down by the Fire Authority.
“Matthew Ellis has made proposals that will combine back office functions while strengthening front line services. The Fire Authority instead wish to preserve their own fiefdom at the cost of safety.
“The replacement of one of the two main fire tenders with a smaller vehicle which is unsuitable for house fires or major road traffic accidents is a disgrace when reorganisation could have maintained the existing vehicles and full fire protection.
“While fire fighters and police officers would maintain independence from each other, the merging of back-office functions – as happens in other countries – could provide efficiency savings while enhancing firefighting capabilities.”