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Consultation on the location of the Wyre Forest Emergency Services Hub begins today

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Consultation on the preferred locations of proposed Wyre Forest Emergency Services Hub begins today (Monday 4 July) and Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging members of the public to give their views.

Chief Fire Officer Nathan Travis said: "If approved by the Fire Authority later this autumn, we believe that the Wyre Forest Emergency Services Hub will be highly beneficial as it would allow the Service to not only to share operational facilities and intelligence with its partners, but also increase joint training opportunities, which will ultimately improve the way we support the communities in the Wyre Forest through our targeted prevention and protection initiatives as well as when we respond to emergencies.

"Furthermore, combining Bewdley, Kidderminster and Stourport fire stations into a central hub station would provide a larger 'pool' of on-call firefighters from a wider catchment area – thus improving the overall availability and the resilience of emergency cover in the Wyre Forest.

"In terms of any changes to response times - based on the historical locations of the previous incidents - it is anticipated that the proposed siting of the new multi-agency hub may result in slightly slower response times for up to 2-3 incidents per month, although this remains in step with our overall level of performance across the wider Service. Therefore, even with these potential changes, Wyre Forest will still remain a very safe place to live, work and travel.

He concluded: "Silverwood Park has been identified as the preferred location for the hub however Stourpoint 5 is also considered to be a satisfactory location. This second phase of consultation - which extends the overall consultation period from 12 to 22 weeks - provides the opportunity for people to have their say on their preferred choice, so I would encourage everyone to let us know their thoughts before the final decision is made later this year."

Chair of the Fire Authority, Councillor Derek Prodger MBE, said: "The consultation is all about gathering the vital views of our partners, staff and local communities so I would encourage everyone to have their say."

Residents can give their views on the Wyre Forest Emergency Service Hub by filling out an online questionnaire or requesting a paper copy at http://www.hwfire.org.uk/your-right-to-know/consultation.

Public meetings will also be taking place at Wyre Forest House on Finepoint Way on 13th and 18th July at 7pm.

Views can also be given by emailing Consultation@hwfire.org.uk or by calling 0345 122 4454. Finally, social network users can tweet HWFRS @HWFire, using the hash tag #TellHWFire.

Once this period of consultation concludes, the Fire Authority will make the final decision on whether to proceed with the development which successfully secured £2.38 million of government funding back in October 2014.

Issued by:
Jessica Chadwick
Corporate Communications Manager
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service
Tel: 01905 368 319