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Options for Change: 2,000 Essex residents have they say in just one month

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) is now one month into their public consultation which will set the future shape and role of the Service.

Since launching on 01 February, over 2,000 people have completed the survey and had their say about the future of the fire service. The Service has also held a number of library exhibitions in seven locations across Essex, with 10 more library dates scheduled for this month. These exhibitions give residents the opportunity to talk to members of Service and learn about the proposed option for change in their local area, as well as a chance to fill out a survey.

Acting Chief Fire Officer, Adam Eckley said: “These events are the perfect opportunity to learn all about the Options for Change we are consulting on and ask us any questions about our proposals or the consultation process.

“We want to hear from as many people as possible so if anyone has any questions all they have to do is come along to the exhibition at their local library and our officers will be on hand to answer your questions.”

These events are taking place at libraries across Essex, Southend and Thurrock. The remaining library dates are:

Date Location Time
Tuesday March 1, 2016  Harwich Library  1pm-6pm
Thursday March 3, 2016 Loughton Library  12pm-5pm
Monday March 7, 2016 Great Dunmow Library  1pm-6pm
Tuesday March 8, 2016 Waltham Abbey Library  12.30pm-5.30pm
Thursday March 10, 2016 South Woodham Ferrers Library  1pm-6pm
Monday March 14, 2016 Basildon Library  12pm-5pm
Tuesday March 15, 2016 Clacton-on-Sea Library  12pm-5pm
Thursday March 17, 2016 Braintree Library  12pm-5pm
Monday March 21, 2016 Grays Library  1pm-6pm
Tuesday March 22, 2016 The Forum, Southend 2pm-7pm

ECFRS has also created a short video which takes viewers through the three options, explaining the changes found in each of the options in an interactive way.

The Options for Change consultation will run until Monday April 25. The full consultation document and survey is also available online: http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/interactive/

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