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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

One week left to have a say on Community Safety Options

14/05/2015

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Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer is urging people to have their say on the proposed ‘Community Safety Options’ before the consultation closes in one week’s time.

"We are keen for as many local people as possible to put their views forward for consideration by the FRA when members make important decisions affecting the future of the Service."

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford

Peter Dartford said that it is vital that residents, businesses and partners put forward their views, which will help to shape the future of the Service in Staffordshire.

The consultation will close on Friday 22 May 2015. The responses will be reported to the Fire and Rescue Authority (FRA) in July and will be considered when decisions are made on which options may be progressed.

Mr Dartford said: "We have had a high level of engagement with our residents as well as local businesses, partners and voluntary organisations throughout the consultation period, all of which will be fed back to the Fire and Rescue Authority when members meet to discuss the proposals for the Community Safety Options.

"However, we are keen for as many local people as possible to put their views forward for consideration by the FRA when members make important decisions affecting the future of the Service.

"We have faced a number of challenges over the past four years and we will undoubtedly face many more in the years to come. I would urge people to take this opportunity to participate in the consultation before it closes on Friday, May 22.

"The options that we are considering have two strong commitments. Whatever the FRA decides, there will be no compromise to community safety and there will be no compromise the safety of our firefighters."

A range of potential options have been put forward to help address future risks, meet expected 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.

Public meetings and drop-in sessions have taken place in each of the nine areas that the proposals are directly related to.

These include Stafford, Stone, Cannock, Rugeley, Tamworth, Burton-on-Trent, Lichfield, Kidsgrove and Burslem.

The consultation document is available online at http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/3362.asp and paper copies can be requested by calling in at your local fire station.