How can County Durham fire brigade save £3.5m?

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PEOPLE are being asked for their views as a fire brigade has to make £3.6m of savings.

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service has already had to find £3.5m of savings in light of Government cuts since 2010.

Fire chiefs say so far, savings have been achieved without increasing risk to communities.

But looking ahead, money-saving proposals include collaborating with other emergency services by sharing its buildings, developing firefighters skills to provide support to responding ambulances and different ways of crewing the aerial ladder platform from Darlington.

Comments are sought from East Durham residents and businesses on the plans, until December 1.

A three-year strategy plan can be viewed at www.ddfire.gov.uk/service-plans or for a hard copy call 0845 3058383.