02 November 2016

A consultation is set to be launched to help shape the future priorities and structure of Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The Community Protection Plan sets out the current performance of the fire service and how it will operate over the next three years.

Service review

Northamptonshire County Council’s Cabinet will be asked next week (Wednesday) to agree to consult on the draft plan, which also reflects the findings of the recent fire service review.

The review recommends a review of fire cover, response times, a more flexible staffing model and further collaboration with other blue light organisations including shared premises.

County council cabinet member for public protection, strategic infrastructure and economic growth Cllr André Gonzalez de Savage said: “Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service has transformed enormously in recent years from a response-based brigade to a response and prevention service.

“There has been a 42% reduction in fires since 2004, meaning much of its work is now focused on community awareness and prevention.

“Also taking into account huge financial pressures as a result of the Government’s austerity agenda, it is only right that we look at the priorities and structure of Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service to make sure it is fit for the future.

“This draft Community Protection Plan sets out how we aim to optimise delivery and achieve efficiencies without reducing the quality of front-line services to the public.”

Public consultation

Next week, Cabinet will be asked to approve a six-week consultation on the Community Protection Plan and the plan will come back to Cabinet in February for a final decision.