Staffordshire residents, businesses and community groups are being urged to have their say and help Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service plan its future.
"The Fire and Rescue Service, as with all of the public sector, is currently facing great challenges and will continue to do so over the life of our next Corporate Safety Plan. This is why it is so important that we make our plans with the contribution and support of the communities that we serve."
Ian Housley, Corporate Safety Plan Manager
The Fire and Rescue Service is currently developing its new Corporate Safety Plan (CSP) and has published its proposals online on its website along with a short questionnaire to gather people’s views.
The new Corporate Safety Plan, to be finalised in 2014, sets out what Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service aims to accomplish over a three-year period along with outline plans for how it will achieve these aims.
The Service will be looking to build on its current success - deaths from accidental fires in the home fell to an all-time low of 20 for the year 2012-13.
Ian Housley, Corporate Safety Plan Manager said: “What we aim to achieve from this consultation is to gather feedback and comments on our proposals. We will then use this information to help develop our new Corporate Safety Plan for 2014-17.
“We are encouraging as many people as possible to take part and have their say.
“The vision of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is to make Staffordshire the safest place to be. We are committed to the principle that prevention is more effective and cheaper than cure but also to backing this up with a first-class emergency response service.
“The Fire and Rescue Service, as with all of the public sector, is currently facing great challenges and will continue to do so over the life of our next Corporate Safety Plan. This is why it is so important that we make our plans with the contribution and support of the communities that we serve.
“Whatever the challenges faced by the Service, however, we will keep our promise to the people of Staffordshire that neither community safety nor fire fighter safety will ever be compromised.”
An online questionnaire can be found on the www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk website along with a summary of the proposals. Throughout the summer the Fire and Rescue Service will be holding meetings with staff and users of community rooms at its fire stations across the county, as well as face-to-face street surveys.