Have your say over future of fire service in Harlow

Politics / Sat 22nd Aug 2015 at 06:49am

AS the first stage of consultation draws to a close Essex County Fire and Rescue Service are urging people in Essex to make sure they have their say on the Service’s future.

With the publication of the Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) Consultation Document at the start of June the Service launched the largest consultation it has ever undertaken as it gets ready to face the challenges of the next five years. This stage of the consultation comes to an end on September 6 so there is still time to make your voice heard.

The consultation is a two stage process with the results of the IRMP consultation informing the development of set of options for change which will then be consulted on in the second stage.

The IRMP Consultation Document looks at several key issues facing fire services and the impact they have on the way ECFRS will prioritise resources in the future. Among the issues the document looks at is the decreasing number of incidents and the need to provide a greater focus on prevention and protection activities.

It also looks at major issues including response times, investment in technology and ambitious proposals to ensure there is a working smoke alarm in every home in Essex and a proposal to visit every school in Essex.

The IRMP consultation document is available to read on the ECFRS website along with a simple online survey asking for your view on eight key points discussed within that document.

Acting Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley said: “This consultation will help us set the direction for the future of the Service so we want to hear from as many people as possible have a say in that future.

“We will always have a strong response element but the best way we can save lives, prevent injury and reduce risk is by stopping fires, and other incidents, from happening in the first place. We carry out a great deal of prevention and safety work and over the last 10 years we have seen that work driving down incidents in the county by more than half.

“We propose to continue and expand on that work with the ambitious, yet achievable, proposals found in our IRMP Consultation Document. Now we want to hear from you before this stage of the consultation comes to an end.”

Everything you need to know about the consultation can be found on the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service website at: http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/essex2020/IRMP_Consultation/

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