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Have your say on future of Suffolk fire service amid £1million cuts

By Peter Gudde

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There is still time to have your say on how Suffolk’s Fire and Rescue Service should make £1million worth of cuts.

Last month the county’s fire service started a 4-week pre-consultation, which is running until July 24 and residents are being urged to have a say in helping shape the future of the service.

The Fire and Rescue Service in Suffolk is expecting to have to make savings in excess of £1m by 2018 and wants to identify as many ways as possible to meet the future challenges whilst continuing to deliver an important and effective emergency service with a reducing budget.

Fire chiefs would like to know what people value about the current services they provide and what aspects people think should be preserved in the future.

Councillor Matthew Hicks, Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection at Suffolk County Council, said: “Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service has a strong reputation as being one of the most efficient in England with a track record for being innovative and for delivering very efficient and effective services.

“The Service operates a shared 999 fire control with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue, collaborates with other blue-light services in Suffolk to share property and has changed fire station crewing and its management structure to become even more efficient.

“This pre-consultation is really important. We would like to hear from people, before considering any ideas, about how we might redesign the services that are currently delivered. We want our Fire and Rescue Service to continue to deliver its services and become even more efficient, given the ongoing reductions in central funding.

“I would urge people to let us have their views so that these can be taken into account when we start to develop our ideas, which we will be consulting publicly on later this year.”

How can you get involved:

·email FireServiceRedesign@suffolk.gov.uk

·Call the Fire and Rescue Service on 01473 260588 between 9am and 5pm (Monday to Thursday and 4pm on Fridays).

·Send a letter to Service Redesign Programme Manager, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service HQ 8, Russell Rd, Ipswich, IP1 2BX.

To ensure views are taken into account they should be received no later than July 24, 2015.

The pre-consultation booklet and related information can be found on the Service’s webpage

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