Suffolk Fire Consultation Ends Soon
21 February 2016, 08:24 | Updated: 21 February 2016, 08:28
There's just a few ahours left to give your views on the proposals as Suffolk residents are being urged to help shape the future of the county's Fire and Rescue Service.
The consultation, which ends at 5pm on Monday 22 February, is seeking views on a range of specific proposals for changing the way the Service is set-up across Suffolk. These changes have been proposed in response to ongoing reductions in Government funding and also to reflect the reduction in 999 call demand over the last 10 years.
As part of the consultation, public meetings have been held in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, Lowestoft, Wrentham and Sudbury. Several focus groups have also taken place in these areas and officers have been available to visit Town, Parish and other community meetings. Listening to people’s views has been a really important part of this consultation.
Cllr Matthew Hicks, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, said:
"I am delighted that we have already received close to 4000 completed questionnaires and many enquiries from people engaging with the consultation. The public meetings organised by the Fire Service have been well attended and have helped us to explain the proposals, whilst giving people the opportunity to talk to us and have their say. We want as many people as possible to engage with this consultation so I would urge anyone who wants to give their views to do so before 5pm on 22 February. We will listen to all views before any final plans are agreed.
The proposals have been developed after taking into account numerous factors, such as risk across the county; 999 call demand and the number, location and type of fire stations and fire engines we have in the county. Officers have also taken into account predicted population and housing growth in Suffolk and a range of other important local factors. I remain confident that the proposals put forward will enable Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service to continue to deliver its effective, Prevention, Protection and 999 Response services to the residents of Suffolk, and those who visit our county."
Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service are encouraging as many people as possible to look at the proposals, and complete the online questionnaire before the consultation closes tomorrow (Monday 22nd Feb).
These can be found: www.suffolk.gov.uk/fireredesign