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Last chance for residents to give their view on the Wyre Forest Emergency Services Hub

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For the last 11 weeks, an extensive public consultation on the proposed Wyre Forest Emergency Services Hub has been underway. This public consultation is due to close on 27 November 2015 and Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is encouraging Wyre Forest residents to give their view on the proposal before the consultation finishes.

During this time, HWFRS has been seeking the opinions of staff, local communities and their representatives to ensure that all views on the proposal are taken into consideration before any decisions are made. Part of this activity has also involved public meetings, which have taken place across the Wyre Forest to give residents an additional opportunity to voice their opinion.

If approved, the Wyre Forest Emergency Services Hub would be highly beneficial as it would bring the resources of each service together on one site, allow the fire service to share operational intelligence with its partners and ultimately improve the way incidents are responded to in the Wyre Forest.

Area Commander Mark Preece, who is leading the consultation, said: "As a fire service, we are dedicated to providing our communities with sustainable, high quality firefighting, rescue and preventative services. This remains at the forefront of everything we do and, with this in mind, we truly believe that a joint hub in the Wyre Forest will result in far greater collaboration between emergency services, make the best use of scarce resources and, more importantly, achieve better outcomes for the residents of the Wyre Forest."

He continued: "The consultation has been all about whether the proposed hub would be a good idea in principle and no decisions have yet been made. All views will be considered and I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to give their opinion on the proposal so far. Public consultation closes next week so I would urge anyone who hasn't already done so, to have their say on the proposal."

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. 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.

The full consultation document and further information can also be found on the Service website at www.hwfire.org.uk

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