Statement from Cllr Tony Hedley, Chairman of Essex Fire Authority:
“Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is changing fast and indeed we are already consulting on the future shape of the Service.
“I welcome Nick Alston’s statement at today’s Fire Authority meeting, which sets out the stall for collaborative work which both services, along with the East of England Ambulance Service and the County Council will be now begin to develop further.
“Closer working across emergency services and other public services is already happening in Essex, and following the move of the Fire Service to the Home Office, it makes sense to bring forward and formalise collaborative arrangements and a new model of governance in advance of the statutory duty being introduced.”
Statement from Adam Eckley, Acting Chief Fire Officer:
“We have seen the numbers of emergency incidents that the fire service attends fall dramatically over the past 10 years and the enormous success of our prevention work.
“Our work protecting communities and preventing accidents and incidents offers compelling opportunities to collaborate with other blue light emergencies services, and also with local authorities and the voluntary sector. The same goes for our emergency response, where we are already piloting collaborative arrangements with both Essex Police the ambulance service.
“The clear opportunity exists not just to bring emergency services closer together but to design really innovative approaches which collectively, offer far more than we could ever do working in isolation.”
Statement from Essex Police – Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh:
“Essex Police has a strong track record of collaboration, working together with Kent Police on serious crime and sharing our back office services.
“We’re also working with six other eastern region forces on joint plans to make policing more efficient and effective. The common cause that unites police and fire services in our county is that we exist to keep people safe.
“I look forward to exploring with intent opportunities to keep emergency services close to the communities they serve and work together to ensure every penny we spend is spent as efficiently as possible”
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