A joint fire and police station is being considered in Bromyard, a council meeting heard.

The newly appointed chief fire officer of Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, Nathan Travis, said by 2019/20 the service will have a budget deficit of £1.6m to £2.4m.

He told the Herefordshire Council meeting that this needs to be addressed and there is a staffing review ongoing, with protecting firefighters’ jobs a priority.

He said the service is looking to combine the police station and fire station in Bromyard.

He said: “Bromyard is being considered as a joint station for the use of police as well as fire. I see it very much as a positive move.”

Besides Hereford fire station, in Herefordshire all the other stations have retained firefighters.

The service attended 6,459 incidents in 2015 to 16. This was five percent more than last year.

The fire authority is currently in discussions with West Mercia Police and Herefordshire Council regarding the development of a joint facility that will provide a new fire station for Hereford.

He added: “It will give us the ability to share information, particularly around vulnerable people, with them able to do joined up prevention work too.”