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Last library events as consultation continues

There is still a chance to learn more and have your say at the last three Essex County Fire and Rescue Service consultation events taking place in libraries in the next week.

The Service is currently undertaking the most far reaching consultation in its history as it prepares for a future which is likely see a reduction in incidents, an increased focus on prevention and protection work and continued reductions in funding.

The consultation, which launched on February 1 and runs until April 25, puts forward three options outlining the future shape and roll of the service. All of them aim to create the right balance between prevention, protection and response while remaining financially sustainable.  

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

So far there have been 14 exhibitions at libraries across Essex which gave people a chance to speak to officers, find out more about the options and take part by completing a survey there and then.

Over the next seven days the last three of these exhibitions will be held at the following libraries:

Date Location Time
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

Acting Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley said: “The library events are a great way to learn about the options for change we are proposing and ask our officers any questions you might have.

“We have received a fantastic response to the consultation so far with more than 2,300 people already taking part and we have also seen a good turn-out at the library exhibitions.

“These are the last three library exhibitions and we want as many people as possible to come along and find out more about our consultation so I would urge people living in Braintree, Grays and Southend to come along, discuss our proposals and take part by completing a quick survey.

“For those than can’t make it there are still plenty of ways to make sure your opinion is heard. All you have to do is visit our website to learn more about the options and let us know what you think of our proposals.”

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

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