No smoke without fire

On Thursday 30th September 2010 on BBC Radio 4's ‘You and Yours’ show, Peter Holland, President of the Chief Fire Officers Association, put forward a proposal for the fire service to take over and run the emergency side of the ambulance service (BBC Radio 4, 2010). His suggestion was that it would save money, provide a better service and improve response times-but at a time when the coalition is set to announce significant cuts in funding of some government departments, is the proposal more about saving fire service jobs than improving performance?

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