New accommodation blocks could soon be built at Bamber Bridge and Chorley fire stations, as the service looks to cut costs with a new shift system.
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) has applied for planning permission for the work in preparation for a change to Day Crewing Plus.
This involves a pool of firefighters working an average 42 hours per week on duty as they have always done, and another 42 ‘standby’ hours during the night, where they stay in accomodation blocks and are woken for incidents. This would mean 14 fewer firefighters at each station.
Designs for both buildings are the same – one two-storey block with ensuite rooms for five firefighters and their families.
A LFRS spokesman said: “Switching a fire station’s crewing system to the Day Crewing Plus model saves Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service £400,000 per year whilst allowing the service to maintain the same level of firefighting cover.”
There are also plans to merge the Urban Search and Rescue team between stations, saving a further £900,000 annually.