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Have your say on fire service cuts

Fire fighters on strike at Chichester.


Picture by Louise Adams C131535-1 Chi Striking Firefighters ENGSUS00120131113114334

Fire fighters on strike at Chichester. Picture by Louise Adams C131535-1 Chi Striking Firefighters ENGSUS00120131113114334

A CONSULTATION on cuts to the fire service opened on Monday, to give residents a chance to have their say.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service needs to save £1.6m in 2015/16, and aims to do so without closing any fire stations.

Changes include a reduction in staff and rearranging fire engines around the county, but the service said the changes will not effect response times.

The county-wide consultation started on Monday and will run until August 23, before the proposals are considered by West Sussex County Council in September.

Lionel Barnard, West Sussex County Council’s cabinet member for residents’ services, said: “We want to meet residents face to face in the community to talk about the proposed changes and to find out what local people think.

“Demand has changed and the types of incidents the service attends have also changed. We need to position the service to give the best response within the resources we have available. Above all we want to make the people of Sussex safer by changing the way West Sussex Fire and Rescue service operates in the future.

“We have been open about the savings we need to make and are keen to make it clear to the public that we will not compromise the effectiveness of the service.”

Details about the proposals will be given at The Chichester South County Local Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 17.

It starts at 7pm and will be held in Committee Room 3, in County Hall.

Consultation stands will also be set up at fire station open days.

Full copies of the consultation document will be available at West Sussex libraries and district council offices.

Electronic copies, and all the supporting technical documentation, is available on www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire

 

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