Hampshire residents can today (September 14) have their say on the future of their fire and rescue service.
The Service has prepared proposals to redefine how incidents will be responded to, including different vehicle and crewing models, to create a more relevant and efficient fire and rescue service.
These proposals were approved on Wednesday (9 September) by the Service’s governing body, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority, to go to a formal consultation, which will now run for 12 weeks from today until Friday 4 December.
Chief Officer Dave Curry said:
"From today, the people of Hampshire will have the chance to make their voice heard on some incredibly important proposals that will shape the future of their fire service for years to come.
"We want to deliver an effective service in accordance with the needs of its local communities, ensuring that we match our resources to levels of known risk. In light of the changes in risk across Hampshire and potential financial challenges, it is vital that we remain relevant, become more efficient and provide the people of Hampshire with a first class fire and rescue service.
"I strongly encourage Hampshire residents to take part in this formal consultation process and tell us what they think of the proposed changes to help us to provide the best possible service back to them."
Hampshire residents are encouraged to take part either by completing the questionnaire online or by requesting a hard copy and/or by attending a public meeting.
Public meetings will give Hampshire residents a chance to have their say and senior fire officers will be on hand to answer questions. The dates for these meetings are:
Winchester - 14 October 2015
Basingstoke – 19 October 2015
Southampton – 9 November 2015
Portsmouth – 11 November 2015
Gosport – 18 November 2015