Fire service cuts consultation report published by council

Campaign against the loss of Sudbury's second fire engine.
Campaign against the loss of Sudbury's second fire engine.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service has published all of the feedback received as part of its Integrated Risk Management Plan consultation into proposed £1.34million cuts for the county’s fire service.

The proposals include replacing Sudbury’s second fire engine with an unspecified rapid response vehicle (RRV)

The document, produced by Opinion Research Services, contains the feedback from everyone who completed an online questionnaire and/or submitted their view through another relevant format.

In total 1,654 questionnaires were completed. A further 4,090 ‘unofficial’ questionnaires were received that only asked the questions relating to changing the second fire engine at Sudbury to an RRV.

Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for environment and public protection, Matthew Hicks, said: “I would like to thank everyone who took the time to provide feedback on our Integrated Risk Management Plan.

“We have received a large amount of feedback from people either attending public meetings, by going along to a focus group, inviting us to attend a locally organised meeting, completing an online survey form or by writing or talking to us.

“I want to reiterate no decisions have been made and I am working with the Chief Fire Officer to ensure that we fully take into account the report when the Integrated Risk Management Plan is presented to the council’s cabinet on May 17.”

Mark Hardingham, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service’s chief fire officer added: “The report demonstrates the lengths we have gone to in providing people with the opportunity to have their say.

“The feedback we now have will help to shape future recommendations.”

Full details can be found at www.suffolk.gov.uk/fireredesign.