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Still Time to Have Your Say

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The draft Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP) proposes significant changes to fire engines and fire stations in order to address about £2 million of an overall annual budget shortfall which rises to £7.2 million in the five years to 2016/17. It sets out how the Service proposes to make these savings from the frontline operational response. The remaining savings will be made from back office and managerial changes. This is in addition to the £2.5m (of the £7.2m) savings which have already been made from non-frontline services.

Cllr Derek Prodger MBE, Chairman of Hereford & Worcester Fire Authority said: “The Fire Authority is facing a very challenging financial position over the next few years and clearly recognises that difficult decisions have to be taken in the future.

“Since 2010/11, £2.5m of savings have made without affecting the service that communities receive from their local fire stations, but the £4.7m is an additional saving requirement.

“It is anticipated that approximately £2.7m of the additional savings can be found from further changes to back office and support functions. However, the scale of the savings required will inevitably mean some changes to the frontline.”

The 12-week consultation process will close on January 10 2014, and is requesting views and comments from the public and the Service’s key stakeholders from across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Responses from the official consultation questionnaire will be collated into a report which will go before the Fire Authority on February 19 2014 and help to inform the final decision.

All of the proposals can be read in full by visiting Our Consultation page where an online questionnaire can also be completed. A printable copy can be also found there along with a postal address.

Feedback will also be sought on the Service’s social media sites where people can comment on the proposals using #tellHWFire.