Last chance for residents to give their views on Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service shake-up - The Leamington Observer

Last chance for residents to give their views on Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service shake-up

Leamington Editorial 26th Feb, 2024   0

RESIDENTS have a last chance to give their views on a proposed shake-up of Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The consultation on WFRS’s proposal to change its delivery model closes on March 10.

And residents are being invited to have their say on how WFRS manages its resources, including fire appliances and firefighters. The proposal on which they are asking for feedback is called Resourcing to Risk, and optimises the distribution of those resources so that they better align to risk and demand across the county.

The public consultation period launched in mid-December and there have already been a series of information sessions held around the county.




Chief fire officer for WFRS Ben Brook said: “Currently our resource doesn’t match with activity levels. We have more fire appliances available at night when activity levels are lowest, and fewer fire appliances available between 8am and 10pm, which is when 89 per cent of life and property incidents occur.”

Warwickshire County Council fire and rescue spokesperson Coun Andy Crump added: “I want to stress that this proposal isn’t about cutting costs and it’s not about closing fire stations. Instead, it’s about making sure that we’ve got our resource in the right place to make the best difference when an emergency happens. This is a genuine consultation, in that we’re really keen to listen to what people have to say about the proposal. No decisions will be made until we’ve read every single comment given to us.”


For more information and to give feedback visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/ask

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