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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Recommendations for the future of the fire and rescue service

06/07/2015

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.

  • The New Delivery Model option should not be pursued.
  • The current 24/7 crewing arrangements at Burton are maintained with reduced Watch strengths. The Targeted Response Vehicle to be removed.
  • The current 24/7 crewing arrangements are maintained at Cannock. The Targeted Response Vehicle is removed from Cannock together with the dedicated Watch.
  • Current staffing levels are maintained at Rugeley to crew the High Volume Pump. The second appliance to be removed.
  • The second fire engine at Lichfield to be replaced by a Targeted Response Vehicle. Introduce annualised hours for the whole-time shift and reduce the whole-time day shift from 12 hours to 11 hours.
  • The current response arrangements at Tamworth Mercia will be maintained until such time as the trials of the Staffordshire Efficient Response Option are complete and provide a new approach to emergency response, providing safe systems of work are available.
  • The current response arrangements at Burslem will be maintained until such time as the trials of the Staffordshire Efficient Response Option are complete and provide a new approach to emergency response, providing safe systems of work are available.
  • The current response arrangements at Kidsgrove will be maintained until such time as the trials of the Staffordshire Efficient Response Option are complete and provide a new approach to emergency response, providing safe systems of work are available.
  • The current response arrangements at Stafford will be maintained until the trials of the Staffordshire Efficient Response Option are complete and provide a new approach to emergency response, providing safe systems of work are available.
  • Staffing levels at Stone to be maintained to crew the Command Support Vehicle. The second appliance to be removed.

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