Members of the public are invited to a consultation event in Stafford to discuss the options for change being proposed by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, both for the town and the county.
The session will start at 3pm on Monday, March 30 at The Gatehouse Theatre and is part of a 12-week Community Safety Options consultation.
The Service will be talking with residents and businesses as well as voluntary and public sector partners on a range of potential options designed to help it address future risks, meet demands and achieve financial savings targets. The Service has already saved £4 million since 2010 and will have to save an additional £5.7 million between 2015 and 2020.
The options being consulted on for Stafford Fire Station are to:
• Cover peak demand periods with a whole-time crew and periods of lower demand with a retained crew working from Rising Brook Community Fire Station
• Introduce more flexible crewing that would reduce the numbers needed during low demand periods
Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said: "We want to talk to as many people as we can during this consultation period. We need our communities to give us their views to help us make the best decisions we can for the future because no final decisions have yet been made on any of the Community Safety Options.
"We have had four very challenging years and we’ve several more ahead of us. However during these difficult times we have recorded our lowest level of incidents. This has been achieved through our proactive prevention and protection activities which have had a positive impact on community safety. We are doing things differently but achieving better outcomes.
"The changes that we are proposing will have two strong commitments. They will not compromise community safety and they will not compromise the safety of our firefighters."
Alongside the programme of public events the fire and rescue service will be launching an online questionnaire, holding talks with a range of local stakeholders and conducting street surveys to gather views on the options. The Service will also be holding extensive talks with staff about their views.
For more information on the consultation visit: http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/3362.asp