Have your say on proposed changes to fire service

Lincs Fire and Rescue News.
Lincs Fire and Rescue News.

A series of public consultation events over proposed changes to how Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue operates begins today (December 16).

The service has a savings target of £1.23m, about six per cent of its budget.

Just under half of this figure is expected to be met as a result of potential changes to its senior management structure, fire control and support staffing.

However, in order to find the remainder, about £665,000, it is having to consider a number of proposals which will have some impact on the way it delivers its frontline services.

The first in a series of public consultation events over the proposals takes place at 7pm this evening at Skegness Fire Station.

This is followed by events at Spalding Fire Station tomorrow, Christ Hospital School Hall, in Wragby Road, Lincoln, on Thursday, Boston Fire Station on Tuesday, January 6, Grantham Fire Station, on Wednesday, January 7, and Gainsborough Fire Station, on Thursday, January 8, all at 7pm.

Feedback is being sought on proposals contained within the so-called Integrated Risk Management Planning consultation document 2015/16.

In brief, the proposals are around:

- Potential savings options to meet anticipated budget reductions.

- Introducing an alternative crewing arrangement on some Retained Duty System fire stations so that fire engines with fewer than four firefighters can attend certain incidents.

- Revising the way in which the response standard to house fires and road accidents is presented.

- Increasing the number of fire stations that provide a co-responder service for medical emergencies.

- Setting the service priorities for 2015/16.

The full details can be found at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lfr, where people can also respond to the consultation.