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Options for Change: learn more at our library exhibitions

A series of library exhibitions which give residents the chance to learn more about the changes and options the Service is consulting on got underway today.

The first of 17 exhibitions took place at Billericay Library this afternoon. Other exhibitions are taking place across the county over the next five weeks.

The exhibitions will give people an opportunity to talk to Service managers about the proposed options for change in their local area, as well as a chance to fill out a survey and take part in the consultation there and then.

The consultation, which launched on February 1 and runs until April 25, is the largest ever undertaken by Essex Fire Authority. It sets out three options for change which will prepare Essex County Fire & Rescue 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.

In the first two weeks alone more than 800 people have already taken part and completed the online questionnaire.

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 Service managers any questions you have about our proposals or the consultation process.

“These events are taking place at libraries across Essex, Southend and Thurrock in the coming weeks and I encourage anyone who has any questions to come along and find out more.

“This consultation will shape the future role of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service as we prepare for the future. These options ensure we continue to reduce risk, prevent injury and save lives across the County.

“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.”

To find out more about the consultation, and take part by filling in an online questionnaire, click here.

Full details of all the library events can be found here or on the map below.

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