- Wednesday, 05 January 2022 10:26
Making our Communities Safer and Making our Services Stronger are the overarching strategic priorities in Avon Fire & Rescue Service’s (AF&RS) Service Plan, which shapes the future for the Service and is out now for consultation.
Local people are being encouraged to have their say on proposals which outlines the Service’s commitment to saving lives, reducing emergency incidents, and preventing, protecting and responding to the needs of our local communities.
Read the proposals and have your say: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/W2VL9LG
All fire and rescue services across the country are required to have an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) which assesses local and national risk and outlines how the Service intends to use its resources to address this.
Mick Crennell, Chief Fire Officer for AF&RS said: “Avon Fire & Rescue Service exists to serve our local communities and everything we do is aimed at making our area a better place for all who live and work here.
“We are asking for local people’s views on our proposed commitments to keep our local communities safe and our plans to match our resources to manage, prevent and protect the public from identified risks.
“The proposals and any feedback you provide will then inform our Service Plan, which is our contract with our staff, our partners and the local communities we serve, to the service we’ll work to achieve over the next five years.
“If you agree with our planning approach and the priorities we’ve outlined, we want to hear from you. If you disagree or feel something has been overlooked, tell us, we want to hear from you. Have your say on the future of your fire service now.”
The Service Plan Proposals consultation is open until Friday 18 February 2022.
The anonymous feedback will then be collated and considered as part of the Service Plan 2022-2025, which will be submitted to the Fire Authority for their approval at their March 2022 meeting, before the Service Plan is published on 1 April 2022.
Councillor Brenda Massey, Chair of Avon Fire Authority said: “As an Authority, we oversee the fire service and represent the views of our local communities covering Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.
“Our role is to work to address and balance the challenges facing Avon Fire & Rescue Service, with our resources, to ensure an effective and efficient fire and rescue service in line with public expectation.
“We can only do this by hearing from our local communities, so would encourage you to find out more about the Service’s proposals and share your views.”