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Have your say on the future of your Fire Service

28th March 2014

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service will shortly be undertaking a review which will look at the fire cover across the county.

‘Fire cover’ is the term used by the Service to refer to;

  •  The number of fire engines, other specialist fire vehicles and equipment, available within the Service to respond to fires and other emergencies.
  • Where fire stations are located.
  • How quickly fire engines can respond to an emergency call (i.e. how they are staffed).

The review will therefore, look at how and where we provide fire engines and fire stations and how they are crewed.

It is being carried out to;

  • Ensure the Service balances cost and resources* to risk and to ensure, as far as possible, that the provision of resources relative to risk is similar across the whole county and the City of York.
  • Take into account the impact of a reduction in incidents over the last 10 years.**
  • Ensure the Service can provide a response to incidents that is appropriate for increasingly frequent large weather related events (e.g. flooding).
  • Ensure the Service has a model of fire cover that is capable of delivering savings, according to the financial constraints, over the life of the review.

To undertake the review we will analyse five year’s worth of incident information and the impact on (our response to) these incidents, if we were to change;

  • The number and location of fire engines.
  • The number and location of fire stations.
  • The way that we crew both fire engines and stations.

From this information the Service will be able to consider options and draw up an initial range of proposals, taking into account other information available, such as future housing developments and potential changes in demographics.

Before we start the review we want to gather feedback on how we are proposing to undertake it and what we should consider within it. This feedback gathering stage is open until 5pm on Monday 28thApril 2014.

In order to assist you provide us with feedback we have added some supplementary information and a feedback survey to our website. You can view this information and complete the survey by clicking on the link on the homepage of our website or by clicking here. 

Or come and see us...

We will also be at various public venues over the coming weeks so please feel free to come over for a chat if you see us. A list of these locations is below;

Date

Time

Location

Thursday 3rd April

between 10am- 12midday

Catterick Leisure Centre 

Monday 7th April

between 10am- 12midday

Thirsk Library 

Monday 7th April

between 1:30pm-3pm

Clifford Street Fire Station, York

Monday 14th April

between 3pm-5pm

Selby Library 

Wednesday 16th April

between 2pm-4pm

Skipton Library

Thursday 17th April

Between 3pm-5pm

Richmond Library

Thursday 24th April

Between 3pm-5pm

Scarborough Library

Friday 25th April

Between 9:30am-12 midday

Harrogate Hydro

Friday 25th April

Between 1pm-3pm

Harrogate Library

 

 

 

Following this feedback stage we will spend the rest of 2014 undertaking the review and then produce a report to be considered by the Fire Authority. Any proposals for change will be set out in a document for public consultation during 2015. Following this consultation, those proposals will be considered by the Fire Authority and any implementation is likely to start from April 2016.

ENDS

Notes to editor

* Resources means fire engines, specialist vehicles, equipment, buildings and people.

** There has been a 32% reduction in calls between 2002/03 and 2012/13. In 2002/03 we attended 11,248 incidents. In 2012/13 we attended 7,659.

 

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