The recommendations for the future of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have today been published.
“We received a great deal of feedback from residents, members of staff, partner organisations and stakeholders during the 12-week consultation. We have listened closely to and have carefully considered the views that were put forward and, as a result, the recommendation is not to pursue the New Delivery Model option."
Deputy Chief Executive Becci Bryant
A report has been prepared for the Fire and Rescue Authority (FRA) following the 12-week Community Safety Options consultation which was carried out in the spring.
The Authority has a savings target of £1.7 million for the financial year of 2015/2016.
FRA members will discuss the following recommendations at a meeting on July 13.
Deputy Chief Executive Becci Bryant said: “We received a great deal of feedback from residents, members of staff, partner organisations and stakeholders during the 12-week consultation. We have listened closely to and have carefully considered the views that were put forward and, as a result, the recommendation is not to pursue the New Delivery Model option. One of the reasons for this recommendation is the significant impact that we would experience in our ability to undertake prevention activities. These activities are a cornerstone of our ability to reduce incidents and improve the safety of the residents of Staffordshire.
Over the last six years, 135,000 HFRCs have been carried out – 84,000 of which were conducted by operational firefighters.
“We are conscious that savings do need to be made by the FRA and this, coupled with the fact that the number of incidents have reached an all-time low, means that we have to put forward recommendations to ensure that we are operating in the most efficient and effective way.
“As a Service we strongly believe that prevention is far better than cure and the fact that the number of incidents has been decreasing year-on-year supports this ethos. We have made a significant investment into continuing this work through our community fire stations which allow us to have far greater levels of engagement with residents, meaning that we can educate and advise people on fire safety in the home and on the roads.”
The FRA will also be asked to consider introducing part-time workers for operational and non-operational roles across the Service as well as to continue exploring opportunities across the county for operational crews to contribute to a wider range of health, safety and well-being outcomes.
A detailed report outlining all of the recommendations for the county, which would save a total of £1,089,500 annually, can be found at: http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/Documents/fire_and_rescue_authority_13-07-2015.pdf