BREAKING NEWS: Bitter blow for Ridge fire station as jobs set to be axed

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FIREFIGHTING in the Hastings borough has been dealt a bitter blow after a decision was made to today reduce the way The Ridge station is manned with with the loss of 20 jobs.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Authority yesterday decided to turn the station into a day crewed centre in a bid to save the serivce £7m over the next few years.

It comes just 18 months after the station was saved from closure during a huge campaign from supporters.

Hastings councillor Phil Scott, who sits on the authority and voted against the proposals, said: “This is a very bitter pill to swallow.”

For full story see tomorrow’s Hastings Observer.