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Consultation hits half way mark

More than 2,275 people have already taken part the consultation which will determine the future shape and role of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service as reaches its halfway mark.

The consultation, which was launched on February 1 and is the largest ever undertaken by the Service, runs until April 25. It sets out three options for change which will prepare for a future which is likely to see a reduction in incidents, an increased focus on prevention and a commitment to become financially sustainable as reductions in funding continue every year to 2020.

All of the options have a number of common factors including £3 million of extra investment in prevention and protection, additional savings of over £2m from support functions. No fire station closures are proposed.

Acting Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley said: “This is the second part of the biggest and most far reaching consultation we have ever undertaken so it’s great to see so many people are taking part and making sure their voice is heard as we prepare the Service for the future.

“The consultation is at the halfway point and so far the response has been fantastic and there is still plenty of time for people to have their say with another six weeks to let us know which option they prefer and what they think of our plans.”

The Service is currently holding a series of exhibition events at local libraries which will give people an opportunity to talk to Service managers about the proposed options for change in their local area and fill out a survey to take part in the consultation there and then.

Exhibitions are still set to take place on the following dates:

Date Location Time
Thursday 10th March 2016 South Woodham Ferrers Library  1pm-6pm
Monday 14th March 2016 Basildon Library  12pm-5pm
Tuesday 15th March 2016 Clacton-on-Sea Library  12pm-5pm
Thursday 17th March 2016 Braintree Library  12pm-5pm
Monday 21st March 2016 Grays Library  1pm-6pm
Tuesday 22nd March 2016 The Forum, Southend 2pm-7pm

To learn more and take part in the consultation by filling in a short questionnaire visit the ECFRS website here.

This short video explains more about the three options the Service is consulting over:

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