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Have your say on Fire and Rescue Service efficiency options

18 October 2013

Members of the public are being invited to have their say on a range of options to help Humberside Fire and Rescue Service meet budget challenges.

Like most public sector organisations, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service has seen its budget reduce significantly over recent years and this is set to continue. It is predicted that the organisation will need to make further savings of £5.5m by 2016.

A range of options have been developed to reduce the cost of the operational part of the Service. Throughout July, engagement sessions were held to gather views of staff and the public on a wide range of options across the Service area. Following this engagement, the Fire Authority approved consultation on a number of those options as well as some new options that have been developed as a result of suggestions made by participants during that process.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Chris Blacksell, said: “We are facing bigger reductions in our funding than we have ever seen and we have already made significant savings. However more still needs to be done to plan for the budget reductions we know we face in the next few years. As the crewing of fire engines is our greatest expense we must consider options to reduce costs in that area. All the options that have been developed would mean we can still meet the response standards that we are so proud of.”

Information about the options and an online survey is available on Operational Efficiency Programme area of our website. Consultation events will also be taking place throughout the 12-week consultation period for members of the public and staff to attend. Details of these events will be published on the Service website shortly.