Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service urge residents to have their say

Warwickshire residents are being urged to have their say and get involved in shaping the future of Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service by giving their views on its draft Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) for the years 2017- 2020.irmp-pic

Since April 2003, every Fire and Rescue Authority has been required to produce a local IRMP that describes how the Fire and Rescue Service manages the risks within the local area. The IRMP sets out the vision for the Fire and Rescue Authority over the next three years and recognises the significant changes the Authority has already made during the period of the previous IRMP.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Services Chief Fire Officer, Andy Hickmott said:

“Whilst Warwickshire remains a safe place to live and work, we cannot be complacent. Over the next three years we will need to make some changes to the way we deliver a fire and rescue service to the residents of Warwickshire, but any proposals we make will stay true to our core purpose of protecting the community and making Warwickshire a safer place to live.

“We are confident that we are well placed to embrace change and we will work with our communities and partners to ensure that we continually review and assess how we are targeting risk in the county. Our priorities as we move through this change will be to keep the public safe by ensuring that an effective response is provided to fires and other emergencies, keep firefighters safe by ensuring that they are provided with the right equipment and training for major threats and emergencies, and doing our very best by ensuring that we deliver value for money within available resources.

“I would urge as many people as possible to take part in the consultation and have their say on the future of the Service.”

Talking about the plan, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, Councillor John Horner said:

“The IRMP provides residents with the perfect opportunity to learn more about the breadth of work undertaken by the fire and rescue service and understand exactly how services are delivered at a local level. It is only with this knowledge that residents can be sure the services we provide are meeting their needs and expectations.”

Councillor Matt Western, Chair of the council’s Resources and Fire and Rescue Overview and Scrutiny Committee, added; “It’s is very important that residents take this chance to have their say about any proposed changes to the service. All of the consultation responses will be considered by both the Cabinet and the Scrutiny committee. The final proposal will then be presented to the Fire Authority for its consideration.”

A full public consultation will now take place and will run from will run from 9th January 2017 for a 9 week period until the 10th March 2017. After which date, all of the responses will be reviewed and taken into account before asking the members of Warwickshire County Council to approve the final version of the plan and action plan in July 2017.

For more information on the IRMP, please log onto www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fireandrescue or https://askwarks.wordpress.com Alternatively to have your say e-mail: irmpconsultation@warwickshire.gov.uk or write to the Chief Fire Officer, IRMP Consultation, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, Service Headquarters, Warwick Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 5LH.