BERKSHIRE’S fire service needs to find more than £650,000 of savings in the next three years.

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) believe another £1.5m could be saved by 2019.

This is despite the authority having already saved almost £5m since 2010.

Savings are anticipated through the potential closure of two stations in Pangbourne and in Wargrave.

The closure of both of these stations by 2021 is expected to save nearly £340,000.

The Fire service has been taking measures to ensure high-rise buildings are safe after the Grenfell tower tragedy in 2017.

More than 150 high-rise premises have been inspected and 4,700 face to face visits have been conducted as part of a four-phase plan.

Wokingham councillors heard about the savings the authority needs to make at a meeting on Monday, October 1.

Councillors from Wokingham Borough Council and Bracknell Forest Council as well as the other Berkshire local authorities all sit on the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s committees.

Wokingham councillors Alistair Auty, Pauline Helliar-Symons, Angus Ross and Rachelle Shepherd DuBey are all part of the authority’s decision making body.

Bracknell councillors Colin Dudley, Iain McCracken and Tina McKenzie-Boyle are also part of the RBFRS’ team.