Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Public Consultation 2019

We need your views on how the future priorities of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service are delivered.

While our primary focus will always be to prevent emergencies and protect our most vulnerable residents, this consultation is your chance to tell us what matters to you and what approach you think we should take.

Our consultation gives anyone who lives, works or travels in Essex the chance to have their say on seven proposals.

The responses we get from this consultation will enable us to develop an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) in the new year. An IRMP is a plan that assesses fire and rescue related risk and sets out how we plan to lessen these risks to ensure we deliver the right resources at the right time, in the right place.

The consultation period on our seven proposals began on Monday 23 September and will run until 5pm on Friday 13 December 2019.

Before you take part in the consultation we recommend reading our supporting IRMP consultation 2019 document to help you understand the reasoning and background behind each proposal.

Click here to take part in our 2019 public survey

Need a hard copy or prefer to use the phone?

A hard copy of the consultation is also available on request by emailing or calling 0300 303 0081.

If you would prefer to share your answers by speaking to someone, please call our IRMP team on 0330 303 0082 (Lines are open between Monday - Friday between 10am – 2pm).

Frequently asked questions

Why are you consulting over these priorities?

All fire and rescue services in England are required to develop an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP), and we like to ensure that ours is as open and accessible as possible, which is why we gain your views to inform the final version. We also believe this leads to a more engaged and safer Essex.

How did you come up with these seven priorities?

The seven priorities outlined in our public consultation are based on the priorities set our by the 2019 Fire and Rescue Plan - this is a document that sets our strategic direction. The IRMP will then be the document that details how we meet these priorities. 

What are the Fire and Rescue Plan’s priorities?

Our IRMP is a response to the Fire and Rescue Plan – a document which was created in 2019 and outlines the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s priorities for how we deliver our service.

  • The eight priorities outlined in the Fire and Rescue Plan are:
  • Enhance prevention, protection and response
  • Promote a positive culture in the workplace
  • Develop and broaden the roles and range of activities undertaken by the Service
  • Collaborate with our partners
  • Be transparent, open and accessible
  • Improve safety on our roads
  • Make best use of our resources

Why are you updating your current IRMP?

Ultimately, there's a legal requirement to keep our IRMP up to date. But it's also clear that risks and demand in Essex continue to change, which means that we need to regularly review our priorities and activities so that we are more responsive to local needs.

When was the last IRMP written and what was the outcome?

Our last IRMP consultation took place in 2016 and asked people to give a view on which of three possible options for the future they preferred. More than 17,000 people responded to the questions posed.

  • 74 per cent of respondents supported the second option which outlined:
  • A two per cent increase (about £1.35 on a Band D property per year) in the fire service portion of council tax and a smaller reduction in response resources than option 1. This option provides an additional £3m investment in prevention work and would result in the following operational changes:
  • Removal of the second wholetime fire engines at: Orsett; Rayleigh Weir; Loughton; Frinton and Corringham;
  • One Clacton wholetime fire engine changed to on-call;
  • Pinzgauer appliances removed from: Manningtree; Billericay and Burnham-on-Crouch - and the Pinzgauer at Great Dunmow replaced with a fire engine; and
  • Crewing system changed to on-call at: Dovercourt; South Woodham Ferrers; Great Baddow; Waltham Abbey and Great Dunmow.

Have you implemented all of the changes from the 2016 IRMP?

We are still working to implement some of these changes, the final ones being the conversion of the crewing systems from day crew to on-call at Dovercourt, Great Baddow, South Woodham Ferrers and Waltham Abbey.

It takes up to three years to fully train a firefighter, so this was always going to be a longer-term project.

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