3 January 2014
The final opportunity to comment on proposed changes aimed at saving millions of pounds on the cost of running Humberside Fire and Rescue Service will end next week.
A series of public meetings have already taken place across the communities which could be affected by changes, but there is a final opportunity to contribute comments via the service’s website. However, the deadline for that input is Friday January 10 and anyone wanting to comment is asked to do so as quickly as possible. Information from the consultation process will be used to help members of Humberside Fire Authority, the service’s ruling body, make their final decisions about where money will be saved. They will meet to make those decisions at the Authority meeting on January 31. The service has seen large budget reductions in recent years and that is set to continue, with the expectation the organisation will need to make savings of £5.5m by 2016. Changes proposed would reduce the cost of the operational work done by the service. Assistant Chief Fire Officer Chris Blacksell said: “All the options that have been developed would mean we can still meet the response standards that we are so proud of.”