Fire Cover Review- Have your say on the future of your fire service
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 (eg 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 years 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 28th April 2014. In order to assist you provide us with feedback we have added some supplementary information and a feedback survey at the bottom of this page.
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.
Responses received during the Engagement Process
Below you will find copies of the responses we received from both the members of the public and staff during the engagement process. We have provided comments against some of the responses we received:
We have prodcued a glossary which you may find useful when looking at some of the comments.
Provides information about why we are undertaking the review.
This map shows how many fires, road traffic collisions, false alarms and other incidents have occurred in each of the areas served by a fire station, and the average annual cost of providing the fire engine(s) in each station area. It may take some time for this to open.
NB It may be easier to download the map, so you can zoom and drag the map around. To drag the map you need to use the hand tool. If this does not automatically appear, you can add it by right clicking on the toolbar, then clicking on 'select and zoom' and then selecting the 'hand tool'
Data Table (Excel)
Data Table (PDF)
Which includes further information about the incidents in station areas and the operational activity of the fire engine(s).
The survey has now closed.
We have provided press releases from other Fire and Rescue Services, along with some information about new firefighting technology. We know that some of the information in this section is quite technical but it may be of interest to see what other fire services are doing.