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Public Consultation 2016

Have your say on out 2019 public consultation now

Between February and April 2016 we carried the second part of a two-stage consultation process asking the public's views on some specific Option for Change.

Following this consultation - which saw nearly 18,000 responses - Essex Fire Authority agreed proposals to change the future shape and size of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

74 per cent of respondents supported the second option which outlined:

  • A two per cent increase (about £1.35 on a Band D property per year) in the fire service portion of council tax and a smaller reduction in response resources than option 1. This option provides an additional £3m investment in prevention work and would result in the following operational changes:
  • Removal of the second wholetime fire engines at: Orsett; Rayleigh Weir; Loughton; Frinton and Corringham; • One Clacton wholetime fire engine changed to on-call;
  • Pinzgauer appliances removed from: Manningtree; Billericay and Burnham-on-Crouch - and the Pinzgauer at Great Dunmow replaced with a fire engine; and
  • Crewing system changed to on-call at: Dovercourt; South Woodham Ferrers; Great Baddow; Waltham Abbey and Great Dunmow.

Have you implemented all of the changes from the 2016 IRMP?

We are still working to implement some of these changes, the final ones being the conversion of the crewing systems from day crew to on-call at Dovercourt, Great Baddow, South Woodham Ferrers and Waltham Abbey.

It takes up to three years to fully train a firefighter, so this was always going to be a longer-term project.

Where can I find out more? 

All of the supporting documents are on this page. 

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