Consultation off to a flying start
A consultation which will set the future shape and role of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has got off to a great start with more than 700 responses already.
The Consultation, which launched on Monday February 1, asks people to make their voice heard as the Service gets ready to face the challenges of the future.
It has already received a huge response with 747 people completing the online questionnaire by Wednesday February 10 and responses are still pouring in.
Acting Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley said: “This consultation is the largest we have ever undertaken and it will help us meet the challenges we will face in the future. By acting now we can make sure that we are ready and can continue to reduce risk, prevent injury and saves lives in Essex.
“It is great to see that so many people have recognised how important this consultation is and have already logged on and let us know what they think of our proposals. It is a fantastic start to the consultation but we want to give everyone in the County a chance to have their say and there are still plenty of opportunities to do so over the next 11 weeks.
“We look forward from hearing from as many people as possible as the consultation continues.”
The consultation, which runs for 12 weeks, sets out three options for change. These options prepare the Service for a future with reductions in incidents, an increased focus on prevention and a commitment to become financially sustainable as reductions in funding continue every year to 2020.
A series of information events will take place at libraries across the County, including Southend and Thurrock, where people will be able to talk to Service managers about changes and options proposed in their local area, as well as fill out the survey. Details of the events can be found here
To have your say on the options visit our website or fill in the form found in the Consultation Document and send it by post to Opinion Research Service, FREEPOST, (SS1018), PO Box 530, Swansea, SA1 1 ZL.