Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has published it Corporate Safety Plan which sets out the Service’s plans and priority areas over the next three years.
“The radical approach of the coalition government to the funding and structure of public services means that the next few years will be extremely challenging for us. However, we are convinced that we have the skills, talent and determination within our organisation to rise to these challenges."
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford
The Plan lists eight objectives, which include reducing deaths and injuries from fires and road traffic collisions, being prepared to deal with major threats and emergencies, working with communities to improve quality of life and a commitment to providing value for money. Members of the public and local organisations were consulted on the proposals before the final document was produced.
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Peter Dartford said: “This Plan sets out our vision for the next three years and how we intend to build on the excellent work already underway to keep Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service as one of the best performing fire and rescue services in the country, one of the most cost-effective and ultimately to fulfil our vision of making Staffordshire the safest place to be.
“When we published our previous Safety Plan in 2008 we embarked on a journey to improve our already high standards and to bring in new and innovative approaches to the challenges facing us such as responding to local diversity and value for money. We are confident that we have gone a long way to meeting these challenges but as ever there is still more to do.
“The radical approach of the coalition government to the funding and structure of public services means that the next few years will be extremely challenging for us. However, we are convinced that we have the skills, talent and determination within our organisation to rise to these challenges.
“New approaches such as the Big Society and the focus on localism will also provide us with exciting opportunities to engage with our local communities in building a fire service fit for local needs and to support the work of these communities and our partners. We are already seeing this being put into action through the opening of our new community fire stations and the facilities and opportunities that these provide.”
The Safety Plan is available to view on the Service’s website, www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or a copy can be requested by ringing 08451 22 11 55.